Today is March 11, 2013. It is the last opportunity for parent teacher conferences. My list for parent visitors only has 8 names on it; I have 132 students. Guess what? Parents are an essential part of your education and it is essential to talk with them about learning. Today we are going to use our carefully honed writing and technology skills to write them an email update.
Follow the format for friendly letter:
-A salutation: Dear Mom (and/or Dad):
-The body of the message: At least two well written paragraphs.
-A closing: sign your name with Love, Your son/daughter, etc.
Consider the following honestly as you reflect upon your experiences as a student during this semester. This will be shared with your parents during parent-teacher conferences; therefore, be sure to proof read carefully so that your writing is not full of silly grammar and punctuation errors.
-Include a complete description of what you have learned so far and the best examples of your work that demonstrate your learning.
-A report of your current letter grade and your percentage grade and the reasons for that grade.
-A statement about how you feel your progress has been: excellent, satisfactory, problematic, etc. and the reasons you feel this to be the case. The reasons need to be specific: “I handed in all my work on time and did my best,” or “I don’t usually do my homework and I often don’t hand in my work.”
-Consider your ability to meet class deadlines. Do you turn work in on time? If not, how can you improve? Why is meeting deadlines important?
-Consider your ability to follow directions. Do you closely follow the directions of each assignment or do you constantly lose points because you skipped steps? Do you go back and re-read the directions to make sure you have fulfilled each step? If not, how can you improve? Why is following all the directions important?
-Consider your ability to multi-task. Since the beginning of the year you have been expected to juggle a variety of assignments at one time, what are some of the difficulties of this and how do you overcome them?
-Consider your ability to be an independent student. When you have a question on an assignment, can you find the answer on your own or are you constantly relying on your teacher? How can you find answers to your questions on your own? Why is it important to be independent and seek out the answers by yourself?
-Consider you attentiveness in class. Are you paying attention to the teacher, the assignments, other classmates? Are you constantly socializing and distracting other students?
-Consider the role you play in your own education. Do you merely do what is asked of you or do you strive to go above and beyond? How do you spend your enhancement time?
To get full credit for this assignment, you have to follow all directions carefully and write a complete report.
The report will be sent to parents’ email (if parents live separately and each has email, then send to both). A copy of this email should be sent to the teacher (cc: firstname.lastname@example.org). The subject line for this email is Conferences.
If your parent has no email address, the assignment should still be sent to Ms. Johnson.
This assignment is due at the end of class today.