The Debate: Have Students Copy a Behavior Letter to Parents or Send Generic One Home?July 7, 2007 at 10:38 am | Posted in behavior, best practices, second grade, teachers | 4 Comments
Every conscientious teacher should notify parents about the behavior expectations in the classroom. I am planning my letter right now.
Should I have my second grade students copy a letter to their parents or should I just send home a typewritten letter?
If the Students Copy
If the students copy the letter, it’s in their own handwriting. They take more ownership of the behavior expectations. The parents will feel thrilled at reading a letter from their child, even it it’s merely a copy, thus I’m building a sense of connection to the classroom for the parents. However, some students won’t be able to copy this letter (I have two in particular I’ll post about later). It will take time and I’m learning that second graders have VERY short attention span. It will have to be a two session project or a very short letter, which is fine.
If the Teacher Sends a Copy
If I send a copy, then the students don’t take ownership, the parents may or may not read the letter, and while there is a home to school connection, it isn’t nearly as strong (I feel). It’s quicker and easier though.
I will have the students copy the letter, just because the benefits outweigh the hassle to my mind. I will however have two typewritten copy prepared for my two students who won’t be able to copy.
Why did I bother to blog about this? It helps me work through my tangled thoughts in my mind 🙂 I also like to blather.