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Old 12-23-2018, 10:18 AM
 
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Has anyone had to do this? I teach 5th grade. A parent asked me to write a reference letter for her son to get into a private school next year. And to top it off he is not the best student, academic or otherwise. I am at a loss as to what to write. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.


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I wrote 1 for a 9th grader 1x....
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He had been in my class when he was in 4th grade. He was a nice, but mischievous kid. He was not extremely dependable or responsible either.
I think he couldn't get any HS teachers to write one for him....lol Just my guess!
I wrote about his strengths...lively, energetic...and mentioned his passion for the new school's focus he wanted to get into because he was very passionate about it.
This kid had a great sense of humor and was very social.
If you want to write the letter, start looking for any strengths the kid has shown.
If you don't want to or can't think of anything , say you can't.
I did not lie at all in my letter, but this kid was likeable at least.
1x he did his homework in 4th grade. It was a beautiful decoration and he told me he had made it ( done the hw) just for me. ( lol...he did not normally do hw. It was like doing the hw was his way of giving ME a gift.) Looking back, I wonder if I could have gotten in any trouble for helping get a kid into a different school. ( It was not a typical school...more like a vocational 1/ charter, I think.)
I guess it comes down to the kid's personality since he is not academic.
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Yup ....
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That's exactly what I did. I wrote about the student's strengths. The young lady was not overly motivated, but showed creativity, had a social conscience and some leadership ability. The kicker was that after getting all the paperwork together, the mom informed me that she gave me the wrong forms and I had to do it all over again!!
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That you are allowed to write a reference. At my school all such requests must go through the office.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:57 AM
 
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I also think you should probably check since he's leaving your school for a private one. Our admin would not appreciate losing the revenue

Maybe there's a perfectly sound reason, such as parents moving but still...


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