Updated: May 6, 2019
Last week I posted on Facebook and Instagram about the essential elements of a meet the teacher letter. After reading a comment or two I decided it was time to write a blog post on this topic. So, here we go! It is so important to make a connection with students and their families, even if you are the student teacher. Reaching out and informing parents and caregivers is critical.
As a student teacher, you play an important role in a child's education even if it is only for seven weeks.
In fact, I am sure if you think about you can remember one or two student teachers that you may have had in your younger years. I remember my fifth-grade student teacher, his name was Mr. B and we learned about planets during our unit.
I digress, on with the post, I wanted to share with you some elements of "Meet the Teacher" letter or flyer home to parents. A disclaimer though, there are so many ways to write and create this letter there is no one right way. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite elements. If you are reading this and thinking, "Sam you forgot an important element." please add it and a description of it in the comments section of this post. As you know, we are better together. So here we go in no particular order:
Teacher-friendly photo: What I mean this is a fun yet a professional photo of you, and just you!
Teaching story: Share the reason why you teach. Why do you want to impact young lives? Why do you want to be an educator of excellence?
Background: Think of this section as information about you such as family, where you are from, what you are studying, what you plan to do after graduation, etc.
Contact information: You may want to put a link to your digital portfolio. You may also want to put something like, "To contact me please contact (insert name of mentor teacher here)".
Sign it: End it with a signature and how you want to be addressed. Example. Miss Kathy Fry or Mr. Joe Ondash.
Fun facts or favorites: food, movie, restaurant, ice cream flavor, game, sport, etc. You get the idea, fun facts about you or hidden talents.
There are so many technology tools out there to help you craft this letter so it has your own personal flair and style to it. I recommend canva or adobe spark. Both are free and very user-friendly. You can also check out templates on Teacher Pay Teacher if you are so inclined, but I recommend getting your hands dirty with some tech tools to truly personalize your letter. Get out there and create your own "Meet the teacher" letter for your student teaching placement. You may also want to make one for a long field placement.
I attached a FREE PDF to get you thinking about what to put in your own "Meet the teacher letter". Click here to get the PDF. Download it today and get started on your amazing Meet the teacher letter. Don't forget to share it out on social media with #EduMagic. I want to see what you create and how you make it your own.