About This Chapter
Letter Samples & Templates for Teachers - Chapter Summary
Our instructors use this chapter to elaborate on techniques and formats used for the many different types of letters that teachers may need to send to other individuals. A few of the types of letters addressed in this chapter are as follows:
- Letters of recommendation
- Letters for special circumstances (e.g. retirement or leave)
- Parent-teacher conference letters
- Letters of resignation
Our instructors understand that there are many nuances involved with the different types of letters educators may need to write, so they have designed the lessons in this chapter to explain different letter-writing approaches. The information is presented clearly, and relevant examples are also included. Furthermore, you can access this teacher resource whenever you need additional guidance, since our materials are available 24/7 online.
How It Helps
- Minimizes letter-writing stress: Writing a letter from scratch can cause teachers anxiety, but the examples from these lessons give you realistic templates that you can easily use for many of your letter-writing endeavors.
- Offers new ideas: Even if you have written these types letters before, these lessons may provide new strategies and format ideas that prove more effective than your current letter templates.
- Provides easy-to-follow instructions: Letters can seem intimidating, because you may not know what you have to include, but these lessons provide straightforward instructions and descriptions of the different types of letters you may encounter as an educator.
After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Design letters that explain special circumstances, such as maternity leave or retirement
- Explain the formats for the various types of letters of recommendation
- Draft letters to parents for conferences, introductions, or other purposes
- Identify the proper techniques for writing letters of resignation
- Distinguish the strategies for writing to parents vs. writing to administrative leaders
1. Sample Teacher Retirement Letter
Teachers play an important role in the lives of students and their families leading to important attachments. This lesson provides a sample letter format to announce the retirement of a teacher while protecting those special relationships.
2. Sample Letter of Recommendation for a Teacher Colleague
As teachers, we are sometimes called upon to write recommendations for our colleagues. This lesson provides an example of how a letter of recommendation might look.
3. School Suspension Letter Template
Suspending a student from school is a challenging decision to make. By using a well-worded and considered letter, parents can be made aware of their child's suspension with extreme care, which will reduce the chance of confrontation and misunderstanding.
4. Meet the Teacher Letter Template
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.
5. How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Teacher
This lesson will give you some tips for writing a letter of recommendation for a teacher. You will learn about how to capitalize on a person's strengths and prime them as a job candidate.
6. Letter of Recommendation for a Substitute Teacher
Being asked to write a letter of recommendation is common in the field of education. This lesson gives you easy-to-use, basic outline criteria and a template you can use for a substitute teacher letter of recommendation.
7. Teacher Recommendation Letter for College Template
As high school teachers, we are often called upon to recommend our students to colleges. This lesson gives you a template you can use for writing such references for your students.
8. Sample Scholarship Recommendation Letter
Scholarships have become more competitive than ever. Talented students depend on strongly written letters of recommendation. This resource provides a sample scholarship recommendation letter to ensure that your top students are noticed.
9. Sample Teacher of the Year Recommendation Letter
Recommending a colleague to be Teacher of the Year is an important responsibility and can also be a lot of fun! This lesson offers you an example of what your letter of recommendation might look like.
10. Letter of Recommendation for a Special Education Teacher Sample
As an education professional, you may be asked to write a letter of recommendation for a teacher. This lesson gives you some ideas about how you might recommend someone for a job teaching special education.
11. Sample Teacher Resignation Letter to Parents
Writing a letter of resignation can be a daunting task, especially if the letter is to the families of your students. Get guidance for creating a letter of resignation that communicates your thoughts and feelings in a professional manner.
12. Sample Teacher Resignation Letter to a Principal
Resigning from a position is never easy. However, the process can be simple if done correctly. This sample letter outlines important points for teachers who are drafting a letter of resignation to the principal.
13. Parent-Teacher Conference Letter Template
Parent-teacher conferences are a great time to touch base with the parents of your students. This lesson plan outlines the criteria necessary for the event and provides a template letter you can use to invite parents and organize their time slots.
14. Teacher Maternity Leave Letter to Parents Sample
Teachers enjoy a special connection with students and their families. Announcing maternity leave can create anxiety for all involved parties. This sample letter to parents helps make a maternity leave a positive and cherished announcement.
15. Administrative Leave Letter Sample
The lesson will discuss what administrative leave is, along with an example of an administrative leave letter and why one of these will be given to the employee.
16. Professional Development Plan Template
An important aspect for educators is to grow professionally throughout their career. This lesson explains professional development and provides a template to use as a tool for tracking and monitoring one's development as an educator.
17. Professional Development Survey Questions for Teachers
As an administrator, you may be interested in learning more about your teachers' professional development experiences and needs. This lesson offers you some survey questions that will help you learn as much as possible from your faculty.
18. Professional Development Topics for Teachers
Are you planning professional development for teachers in your district? Here is a descriptive list of some hot-button training topics that can be used in any grade level or subject area.
19. Guided Discovery Lesson Plan Template
Learning is more powerful when students discover the answers on their own rather than being given information by the teacher. This lesson presents a guided discovery lesson plan template to encourage student-focused learning.
20. High School Lesson Plan Template
As a high school teacher, you may be looking for ways to revamp your planning technique. This lesson gives you a template for lesson plans across the subject areas.
21. Student-Teacher Contract Template
Developing a contract with students can be a respectful and productive behavior management strategy. This lesson offers you a template for how such a contract might work.
22. Substitute Teacher Feedback Forms: Template & Example
Never wonder what happened while you were out of your classroom ever again! This substitute teacher feedback form will help you gauge your sub's experience the next time you need to be absent.
23. Weekly Letter to Parents Template
Writing a weekly letter to parents is a great way to keep them informed about what their children are doing and involved in their kids' education. This lesson offers a template you can use to write such a letter.
24. Friendly Letter Template
In a world where electronic communication is prevalent, there may seem to be little place for letter writing. A friendly letter, however, is something all students can use, whether it is written on paper or in an e-mail. This template can assist you in teaching your students to write a friendly letter.
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