For many years, I have sent a letter to my soon to be students near the end of the summer. I do this to ease any anxiety some of them may have, to help them feel part of the class before they arrive and because…well…it’s a letter. Children do not receive letters very often, so print written just to them is significant. It’s a literacy thing.
I’ve shared my letter before, but this year’s letter is a bit different. I decided that if connecting and learning with others around the world is an important part of our classroom learning, then I should let the students (and their parents, who will undoubtedly be the ones reading the letter aloud to the children) know about that right from the start.
I wish I had been able to find a border that truly reflected the tools we are using in my classroom, but a traditional border had to suffice. As I thought about this letter, I decided that I wanted my classroom door, which announces what we are all about, to reflect our connections as well.
Here is this year’s letter to welcome my new students
I’m so glad I get to be your teacher this year. I can’t wait to meet you!
I’ve been busy in our classroom getting things ready for us to learn together. We are going to have an exciting year. You will get your own iPad to use in our classroom and we’ll find out how to use it to share your learning with your parents and other people who can help you to learn.
We will get to learn with other classrooms from all over the world and find out how the children in those classrooms are the same as us and how they are different than we are.
The best thing about grade one, though, is that you will learn to read! We’ll read LOTS of books.
I wonder what special things are interesting to you? What do you like to do in your free time? What do you like to read books about? What would you like to learn more about? I hope you will ask your mom or dad to email me with the answer to those questions.
On the first day of school, I will meet you in our classroom (Room 69) at 8:50. Look for the door with some maps on it.
I’ll see you soon.
Your Grade 1 Teacher,
Now, I’ve shared my letter. What do you include in yours?