What does this have to do with the classroom, you ask? Well, a typical consequence I might give to a student that is being disruptive in class might be to have them stay in during recess for a few minutes and write sentences repeatedly, such as "Mr. Riedl deserves my respect and full attention during class." However, I have learned that a consequence like this doesn't pack that much of a punch (figuratively). I figured that if I am having them stay in from recess as a consequence anyway, and their parents ought to stay informed about what is going on with their child, then why not have them write a letter to their parent(s) during that time, telling them how their day is going? That is something I would certainly appreciate as a parent who desires to work as a team with my own child's teacher to help guide them in the ways that we want them to go.
|Prompt for student's letter|
|Example of student letter|