At some point in their careers, teachers encounter students with poor behavior. In fact, classroom management is one of the most difficult parts of teaching. To deal with discipline issues that arise, teachers need to have in place a system of consequences. Having a misbehaving student write a letter of apology is a popular option because it teaches the student to reflect on his choices while reinforcing his spelling, writing and grammar.

Here are some ways how to write an apology letter to a teacher:

  1. Feel appropriate contrition. Your teacher will be able to smell insincerity from a mile away.
  2. Organize your thoughts. A letter, just like any other writing assignment, needs clear and logical organization. Making an outline or graphic organizer will be helpful.
  3. Write your letter. At minimum, include what you did wrong, why it was wrong and how you will prevent it from happening again.
  4. Have a parent or intelligent friend review it to catch any errors you missed. Fix all spelling and grammar mistakes.

Sample APOLOGY LETTER TO A TEACHER

Dear {Mr./Ms. Last Name}

I deeply regret my actions on {day of week} and would like to offer my sincere apologies for the incident.

What I did was inexcusable, childish, distracting and disrespectful. You, as well my fellow students and {school} deserve better from me.

In the future, I will practice more restraint and professionalism so as not to repeat the lapse of judgment I displayed.

I value your commitment to instructing and guiding me to success. If you would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely,
{Student}

 

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