Dear Parents and/or guardians of students,
I am Ms. Southworth your students English teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. I am looking forward to teaching and learning with your student everyday this school year. I also look forward to working with you to ensure that your student is gaining everything they can out of this school year.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns as they may arise. Email is best for a fast response. I will do my best to reply quickly.
school phone: 888-888-8888 ext 888
(likely an online grade book or classroom with messaging capabilities (edline, edmodo, canvas, class dojo)
Take care of our room/environment/space.
Teaching Diverse learners is something that happens in every classroom. That means the teacher is actively using resources (song, novel, popular culture) to connect with their students and make it something they want to learn about. It also means teaching in more than one way to reach your students. While some students can learn from a power point, others will learn better when they physically get to manipulate something.
A teacher can not shy from the hard topics to discuss. It is our job to give them a safe space to discuss and the tools to discuss the hard topics respectfully. Have clear rules about what is acceptable to be said and what isn’t. Be sure it is clear who is speaking. It is okay to debate a topic but there will be no insulting another student or teacher for their opinions or questions. Do not shy from the topics that make you uncomfortable. Do not only use history to discuss hard topics, talk about current news too. The Holocaust, Trail of tears, Race, Black lives Matter, the removal of statues, glass ceilings, and so much more, are the topics of many pieces of literature and deserve to be discussed in the classroom.