How to Write a Thank You Letter to a Teacher

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  • 0:00 How Will You Send the Letter?
  • 0:35 Be Specific in Your Thanks
  • 1:14 Format the Letter
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Instructor: Cheryl Wells
If you are fortunate enough to have a wonderful teacher, you may want to express your appreciation for that teacher's effort and dedication in a letter. In this lesson, you'll learn to write a thank you letter to a teacher.

How Will You Send the Letter?

Writing a thank you letter is easy once you know how. Before you begin to write, decide how you want to send the letter. Will you email the letter, or will you hand write it and send it in the mail? Today many thank you letters are written using email, but a hand-written letter on elegant stationary is a more personal and thoughtful expression of thanks. If you are short on time, or your handwriting isn't the best, you can use one of the stationary options in your email application. For example, Outlook has several stationary options. You can write your letter first, and add electronic stationary later.

Be Specific in Your Thanks

You write a thank you letter to a teacher because that teacher has done something exceptional. What exactly do you want to thank the teacher for? Be specific. Did the teacher help you understand math? Did they come early or stay late to tutor you? Did they direct you to valuable resources? Think about the things you want to thank the teacher for. Your letter should reflect the precise things the teacher has done. It's a good idea to list the things you want to thank the teacher for before you begin to write. That way you won't to forget anything.

If you write your letter using a word processor it should be single spaced, be written using easy to read font, such as Arial or Times New Roman, and have a font size of 10 or 12 points.

Format the Letter

Typed thank you letters can be formatted in one of two ways: block format or semi-block format. In block format, all the text is left aligned. In semi-block format, the date and signature are right aligned; all the other text is left aligned.

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