It’s that time of year to wrap things up. One thing I like to do is send out an end-of-year letter to parents to talk about the year and end on a positive note. Here is my letter…
Dear Parent/Guardian of <name>,
I wanted to take time and thank you for sharing your child with me this year. It truly has been a pleasure to have <name> in class. One thing I have told students this year is that we are all responsible for our education, teacher and students. This year, your student has done an outstanding job contributing to their mathematics education. Students present different strategies and understanding of math, allowing us all to learn. I am not sure what <name> has told you about class but we have done a lot of great things this year.
<name> has learned to work collaboratively with others. <he/she> has shared the different responsibilities of group work: leader, recorder, participant and timekeeper. <he/she> has presented <his/her> work to the class, explained <his/her> thinking and justified why <his/her> methods worked. <name> has compared <his/her> work to others, finding both similarities and differences. This has allowed <name> to refine <his/her> thinking and approaches to math problems. <name> have also reflected on the lessons, letting me know what parts <he/she> understand and what things <he/she> still needs help with.
<name> have used a variety of technology to help <him/her> learn. <he/she> has watched videos and constructed graphs from them, and created <his/her> own videos to represent graphs. Through the use of mobile devices, <he/she> has captured pictures and recorded videos. <name> has used computers to prepare presentations that showcase <his/her> work, create reports about projects and investigations, and has construct informational posters to display or develop lessons to help other students learn.
<name> has constructed understanding- <he/she> can take a situation and apply <his/her> problem solving skills. Besides the growth in verbal communication, this is the biggest accomplishment by <name> this year. Being able to see a situation, understand the mathematics behind it and find an answer is the heart of what we do everyday in class. Having this skill will allow <name> to be successful in whatever profession <he/she> decides to pursue.
I want to thank <name> for all of the effort <he/she> has provided in my classroom. <<insert personalized student information here>> It has created an environment where students can share ideas, discuss options and derive answers. Without this, the class would not be as successful as it is.
Thank you for the support this past year and I wish you and your child the best in the years to come,