Do you want to show a teacher in your life how much you care, but are struggling to find the words? Here is a sample letter to help you get started:
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me as an individual with unique abilities, strengths, preferences and interests. You understood my need for encouragement, motivation and support. You helped me learn about myself and showed me I could achieve and be good at something. You tirelessly worked to make sure I understood the routines, procedures and expectations in your classroom. You modeled respect and care for all of us in your classroom. Your classroom was a safe place to be, where all students felt valued and achievement was the priority. You made learning relevant and fun.
You planned many activities that involved students in hands-on learning activities and helped us learn strategies to collaborate in groups and complete projects in a timely manner. This taught us the importance of defining objectives, assigning roles, establishing deadlines and understanding individual team members’ unique strengths and needs. You taught us to work together for a common goal, which is something I now do every day in the workplace. You kept us engaged and busy.
You taught me the importance of using my strengths to develop skills I would need in the workplace. You also taught me the importance of embracing change and taking responsibility for my own actions. You helped me learn the importance of accountability to others and to myself. You taught me to be curious and to question, which now makes me a more responsible citizen and consumer. You have instilled within me a love for learning that will continue throughout my life.
Thank you for making a difference!
A Former Student
More About Virginia:
Virginia is an online faculty member at Grand Canyon University, experienced Autism Spectrum Disorder coach and teacher mentor dedicated to providing support in classroom management, IEP development, development of focused transition plans, behavior management and differentiation of instruction to teachers and their students in kindergarten through twelfth grade general education settings, resource classroom settings and self-contained classroom settings. Virginia also owns Virginia Murray Consulting and assists clients in providing education for adults with disabilities, helping young adults with disabilities gain independence and employment. She has over 25 years of experience in public education. She is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education at GCU. She is passionate about preparing and supporting new teachers in finding their purpose and providing service to students in education settings.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.