Meet the Teacher Letter Template

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Instructor: Derek Hughes

Derek has a Masters of Science degree in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum.

Introducing yourself to parents and students is an important way to start a new school year. This lesson details several important components of a letter that you, the teacher, can use to introduce yourself to your class.

Making a Good First Impression

First impressions are crucial for setting the tone of a relationship. They are especially important in the field of teaching. Both parents and students need to know that they can trust and communicate with you throughout the school year. A meet the teacher letter, or a letter introducing yourself to both your students and their parents or guardians, is a good first step towards building rapport with the students and their parents or guardians.

This lesson will outline several key aspects of an introduction letter and will be followed by short examples of 'meet the teacher' letters.

Start with Personal Information

Since you are going to be working with your students and their families for the next nine months, it is important that they know a little bit about you as a person, not just as a teacher. Your introduction letter should start with a short paragraph that details some personal information about you. This information can be where you grew up, past teaching experience, and some activities that you enjoy doing.

However, you don't want to be too personal, because your students and their families still need to see you as a professional who can handle the monumental task of educating their child. The information you share in this paragraph should be information you'd be willing to share with anyone.

For example, your beginning paragraph might look like the following:

Dear Parents,

My name is Mr. Smith. I am excited to be teaching your first graders this year, and I know we will have a fun and productive year. I wanted to take some time to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me. I have been teaching for five years in the district. In my spare time (when I'm not grading papers or writing lesson plans), I like to exercise, read books, or go visit new places.

Detail Your Teaching Philosophy

After introducing yourself, you should include a paragraph that outlines your teaching philosophy. A teaching philosophy consists of your beliefs as an educator and what you feel is important for students and their families. A teaching philosophy is a very personal thing to write about, but it will help students and parents get a clear idea of who you are as a teacher. Since your philosophy will go into every decision you make throughout the year, it is important parents understand your beliefs.

An example of this paragraph would be:

As a teacher, I believe that every student has the ability to accomplish greatness. In my classroom, every student is encouraged to learn with an open mind and push through challenging situations. In my eyes, every student is an individual capable of learning. Therefore, I strive to tailor instructional activities to each student's unique needs and abilities. It is my goal to help every student succeed, and I promise to work my hardest to ensure they do.

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