As I Write this Letter…
Today I want to talk about the Letters Home component of my new management plan.
In the last post I talked about how I changed my final consequence. You see, it was formerly to go the principal. Now, I have changed it to “Letter Home.” I reserve principal visits for very serous things, such as harming someone else, bullying or putting the class or teacher in a situation where learning is downright impossible.
I figured the letter is worth a try, and something I have not done before.
This post on Smart Classroom Management talks about why a Letter Home is an Effective Communication tool. I had never thought about a letter home in the art room. I am not sure why! The format he suggests for a letter is very simple and I think the simplicity of it has won me over. Maybe this isn’t just for classroom teachers….
Here is my version of his recommendation, which I printed up on half sheets on colored paper.
The thing l like about the letter it that it keeps the issue between me, the student and the parent. Involving the classroom teacher gets complicated, and also some classroom teachers do not want to deal with what happened in specials others are more supportive. At any rate, I value functioning independently. Some teachers have told me if they see a student gets a letter from me they will "pull a card" of whatever they do in their classroom. I appreciate the support! I have yet to give one out... Coming soon I will be reflecting on my new week's management plan and how it's going - Preview: its' going great! ... More to come! What do you think of the letter? Do any of you do something like this?