Parent Letter: ELA Resource

Hi ELA Parents,

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday left you feeling thankful and stuffed. I am writing to you to let you know that, effective this morning, I started teaching your kiddo's English Language Arts (ELA) Resource class! I have taught at GMS for the last year and a half in Study Skills, Behavior, and Inclusion settings, and I am excited to move into the English department for the remainder of this year! I hope your kiddo comes home excited, too.

Moving forward, you may notice some changes in the way your student receives ELA instruction. My hope is that these changes will support the various needs we have in each class, as well as support the transition back into the general education ELA classes we offer on campus, when your kiddo is ready to make that move. Some things you may notice:

  • All Resource classes will follow a modified version of the activities taking place in grade-level gen. ed. ELA classes. This will allow us to determine where your kiddo is performing, when compared to their grade-level peers, and it will give us an idea of when it's time to make the transition to the general education classroom.
  • Your student will come home with ~10 minutes of homework each night. Homework will only cover skills that were already taught and practiced in class; if your kiddo ever struggles with their homework, please let me know!
  • We will be doing a lot of reading and writing in class, using the Workshop method. There is a ton of information about this teaching style on the web, if you're interested. I am also available to answer any questions you may have. As students will be reading books of their choice from now on, please send any YA book recommendations my way!

I am looking forward to working with your readers and writers! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or book recommendations.

Best,

Hana Forren