- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
I am in need of some advice regarding a letter of recommendation I received. I have one letter from the assistant principal at the school I student taught that represents me well as an individual, a teacher, as well as a student. Another I have is from my cooperating teacher, which is pretty good, however isn’t written the most eloquently. The last is written by a college professor of mine, who I worked pretty closely with the last year of college (I just graduated in December).
I don’t know if I am being too critical or reading too much into the letter, but I don’t know if this letter is what I would want to include in a grad school application. Maybe it is just me but this is a woman who’s class I received a 100% in, I met with for 10 hours a week in class and almost every week went in to her office hours to receive feedback on upcoming lessons, and keep in regular contact with now.
The professor is asking for feedback however I honestly feel like it would be rude to tell her how I feel. One point in the letter she says “With one exception of a group that did not work well together, MissDW was typically a good team player who got along well with her peers”, however I don’t feel like this should be included at all. The group didn’t get along because one girl and I did all of the work, but I stayed out of it and remained friends with both of the other members.
I have attached the whole letter back, any feedback would be really appreciated. Do I tell her how I feel? Get a letter from another teacher at the school? Am I over reacting and need to leave it how it is?
To Whom It May Concern,
I am pleased to write on behalf of MissDW as she applies for admission to graduate program in Linguistically Diverse Education. MissDW was a student in my senior level Social Studies teaching Methods course, EDUC 465, at Colorado State University. We stayed in touch via email as she did her student teaching and she has kept in touch with me after her graduation.
MissDW was a good student. Her work for my class was typically thorough and often went beyond the rudimentary requirements. During class sessions she asked important and thoughtful questions, worked to come up with creative and innovative solutions to problems. In all of her work for the class she kept the idea of real students at the heart of her efforts. MissDW’s attendance and reliability were excellent. She was sometimes a bit reticent, but on the whole she had good communication skills and participated fully in class activities. With one exception of a group that did not work well together, MissDW was typically a good team player who got along well with her peers. She was respectful, polite, and thoughtful toward others.
In her student teaching assignment MissDW was successful because she met challenging tasks by preparing well, being flexible, and staying on top of deadlines. She will only improve on these already present strengths as she gains more experience in the classroom. She recognized the importance of advanced planning and is already building her files for future classes she hopes to teach. MissDW welcomed feedback from other teachers and administrators in her school. Involving
herself beyond the classroom, she coached the boys’ basketball team, organized a field trip, and invested herself in the total school program.
MissDW is a caring, considerate, and empathetic young woman who really wants to make a difference in the world. A motivated young woman, she worked full time to pay her way through college and volunteered as well during her undergraduate years, working with students in special education as well as at risk students. MissDW is interested in working with special populations and is willing to take extra steps to improve her credentials and to strengthen her background preparation. Her idealism and sense of commitment to others fuels her desire to gain a teaching license for special education and an endorsement in English Language Learning as well.
I believe that she will thrive in a demanding and rigorous program of advanced study. I encourage you to give MissDW your full consideration.