How can planning increase a student's chance of getting great teacher recommendations?
I have always asked students to do the following when they need a letter: 1) Give me two weeks 2) Write out some important facts about yourself that I can't find on your transcript 3) Why do you think you will be a good candidate for this particular school? 4) Tell me something that you have accomplished that shows hard work, determination and the ability to overcome frustration. 5)Tell me about your future goals and what have you already accomplished. 6) How do you handle frustration and problems. I believe it is important to give the person who is writing your letter more than enough information about you then he/she would need. Also make sure that the information talks about you as a "learner" - more than just gpa, list of classes, etc. That type of information is already on your transcript. I want students to let me know why they would stand out and why they would be successful on the college campus.