Writing a Letter to Parents

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When writing a letter to parents of students, begin the letter with an introduction, write the body in a positive state of mind and be clear about expectations. Maintain an open line of teacher-to-parent communication with instruction from a writing teacher in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about how to write a letter to parents. As a teacher--a writing teacher, a classroom teacher--it's really important to have open communication with parents, and this communication is best started at the very beginning of the year. So, writing a letter to introduce yourself, to sort of reaffirm that you have a shared goal of helping the child to achieve whatever is the best outcomes, is a really good way to start out the year. Then you can build on the introductory letter with ongoing communications. So write your letter in a positive state of mind, from a positive point of view, because that way when you do have to bring up things that are a little bit harder, you have a good relationship... the parent has come to expect more positive things from you. Be specific about what you want in return to this letter, so if you're writing a letter and you want to... if you're asking people to schedule a conference with you or to send something to school with the child, be really specific because you may have to repeat it several times in the letter to make sure that people get it. People are usually going to be reading this letter in the setting when they're at home and they may have a lot of different things going on. It might not be the most focused time, so be really specific and repeat your goal... what you're trying to accomplish in the letter. Also, emphasize your openness to questions. Emphasize that you're happy to talk, you're happy to receive phone calls, you're happy to receive emails, and if it's necessary give specific times that you're open for this. But you really want to make communication as an open flow between you and the parents. So use your letter to impart information, to introduce yourself, to start a dialogue with the parents, and then to say what you need to say in a positive way. And those are some things to remember about writing a letter to parents.

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