Writing Letters of Recommendation - Pace University
I was Tom Smith's cooperating teacher during his student teaching assignment the Spring 2002 semester. Tom completed sixteen
weeks of student teaching in seventh grade social studies under my supervision. I am pleased to be able to write a letter of
recommendation for Tom. During Tom's student teaching experience, he was highly motivated to learn as much as he could and
perform to his best capacities. He frequently put in long hours to develop lesson plans and monitor student progress. He asked
for feedback on a daily basis and accepted constructive criticism with maturity. He understood his limitations as an
inexperienced teacher and observed experienced teachers closely in order to improve his own teaching abilities. Tom has several
strengths but his main strength, from my observations, is his ability to motivate students. He always seemed sincerely interested in
their progress and presented new material in a way that captured their attention. For example, he had a group of students map
out a "road-trip" across the United States. The students had to plan the trip to include a given number of state and national
parks, major cities, and historic battle sites. The students really dived into the project. Tom consistently displayed this type of
creativity in planning lessons and motivating students. He soon learned that the best way to manage a classroom is to keep
students on-task with projects that were both interesting and challenging. He also did a good job of recognizing when a student
needed special assistance or attention. In summary, Tom displayed the qualities that make a teacher successful. He is
dependable, motivated, and is in tune with the needs of his students. He works well with colleagues and administration and is
able to learn from those around him. I highly recommend him for a teaching position.
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"I am writing in support of X to . . . . I have known X since September, 2006. He was a member of a small . . . tutorial that I
taught in 2006-2007. . . . X was an active and conscientious member of the class. He challenged the rest of the class to consider
issues from new perspectives and often asked very penetrating and important questions. He chose to take on difficult topics and
handled them well. His assignments were well-written, well-supported, organized, neat, and timely. It was evident that X really
desired to learn more and challenge himself. . . .
X also has interest outside of academics. He has been an active member of . . . , a university singing group, and a member of
the campus . . . club. He is also a member of the . . . House film society. X's personality is wonderful. He is outgoing and
friendly, but not dominating. He has an obvious and sincere concern for others. . . .
X would be a wonderful student to have at . . . . He has skills that he is eager to share, but he is just as eager to learn. . . . I feel
very confident that he will be extremely successful in all his future endeavors. He is a focused and determined young man. I
highly recommend him for . . . ."
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