The BIG Question: What needs to go in it?
- your name,
- room number,
- special supplies,
- link to class website or online work space,
- availability to tutor and/or make-up work,
- any special policies in your classroom (like number of days to turn in missed work after an excused absence),
- preferred method of contact and necessary information,
- types of assignments that students will complete during the course,
- how grades will be determined (10% quizzes, 20% homework, etc.), and
- grading scale.
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You could include a bit information about yourself (in more of a letter format) like:
- where you went to college,
- number of children or pets,
- outside interests (running marathons, hiking, sewing, etc),
- clubs you sponsor, and
- why you love the subject and/or grade level you teach.
- sharing things that are too personal (it is always safer to keep it professional),
- listing a classroom rule or privilege that contradicts school policy,
- grammatical errors and run-on sentences (ask a friend to proof your letter), and
- food likes and dislikes (this is a personal preference and I would certainly share if asked by a parent, but I prefer to leave it out of the first day letter to students... and yes, I actually saw an example with this on it).