Tips on Writing a Thank-You Letter to Teachers

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Tips on Writing a Thank-You Letter to Teachers
Write that special teacher a thank-you letter to show her your gratitude. (teacher image by Twilight Dragon from Fotolia.com)

Most people can look back and remember one teacher who stood out among the rest. If you would like to thank your teacher for the difference she made and to let her know how much you appreciate her, you can include several things in your thank-you letter. Teaching can be a thankless and mentally exhausting profession, so your letter will most likely be well received and just may help her keep motivated to make a difference in other students' lives.

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Be Specific

Be specific about what you are thanking your teacher for. Say something like, "Thank you for being a teacher who gave me extra help when I needed it" or "Thank you for being a teacher who knew how to make learning fun." Better yet, be more specific. Say something like, "I am grateful that I was one of the lucky students to be in your class. I enjoyed all the science experiments we conducted, especially the erupting volcanoes" or "I appreciate the extra effort you made to help me with my math work. I would never have been able to pass algebra if it weren't for the tutoring you gave me after school."

Be Personal

Provide personal examples so your teacher will remember the things you remember. Because many teachers deal with hundreds or even thousands of students over a career, this will also help him remember you specifically. For example, say, "I appreciate that you held me accountable for my actions and took the time to call my mom when I goofed around in class. I remember how mad I was that you called her when I broke your dolphin pencil holder, but looking back, I realise you helped me stay in line and learn that there are consequences for my actions."

Be Current

State what you are doing now, such as what college you are attending, any scholarships or awards you received, what job you hold or, if you're still in school, what kinds of grades you get. If you can correlate something your teacher did to help you get where you are, tell her. For example, you could say, "You persuaded me to read Newbery Award-winning books like 'The Giver' and 'The Midwife's Apprentice.' I am currently a children's librarian in a public library in New York City. It's my turn to encourage other kids to love reading just like you encouraged me" or "Thank you for the positive recommendations you wrote to help me get into college. I received several scholarships, got a 3.8 GPA at the University of Maryland and am now attending medical school at Johns Hopkins."

Be Meticulous

Write your letter on good-quality paper if it is typewritten. Avoid fancy fonts. If you have neat, legible handwriting, you can handwrite the letter on stationery or a note card. Avoid notebook paper. Write a rough draft and check your letter several times for grammar and typographical errors.

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