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It may be perfect if you could share it to the rest.
It's the guest's letter, so I can't release for all to see. Sometimes people are dealing with a topic that is personal in nature, in which case I might be willing to assist privately. In this case, the prooblem dealt with his education and thesis. While some might not consider that topic to require confidentiality, I am happy to extend privacy if asked.

Where I won't help privately is where people want to attack another person or institution. There are ethical, moral, and legal implications. If someone wants to write a complaint letter, I encourage them to change the names of the people and places and post the letter for all to see. If the key markers are no longer identifiable, I will consider assisting. The other person can do with help as he or she sees fit.

I hope that helps shed some light on how *** assist others.
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Hey mountain Hiker!!! I have been asked by my athletic director to write a recommendation letter for his son who is currently enrolled Northern Illinois. He wants to do his student teaching here in Atlanta and is having a hard time getting the ok. Can you or anyone for that matter please help me on this? I teach Adaptive P.E. and Gavin (AD's son) wants to teach Adaptive P.E. after he graduates. He had a life altering experience when he had both legs cut off in a train accident!!! He is a true inspiration to many!!! He just made the final cuts for the paralympic games in Greece for basketball. So as you can see he is very dynamic!!!! Can someone please help me with a letter????Emotion: smile
Hey there Queen Marine,

Sure, I will assist. Why not start your letter in this forum, and then I will jump in and assist. It is always best when people have a go at their own letters, because they outline the information that they want to convey. Then, it is usually a simple matter of moving a few things around so that it flows a bit better. But the heavy lifting, from my perspective, comes from the original draft.

Hope that helps.
Ok sounds good.

To whom it may concern:

I'd like recommend Gavin *** (Removed) for student teaching at Centennial High School. I met Gavin through his observations and have known him for two years. I am an Adaptive Physical education teacher for Mimosa Elementary School and Centennial High School. Gavin is not only a true inspiration to myself, and my special needs students, but to my peer facilitators as well.
Gavin provides many strengths for becoming an excellent teacher. During his observations for the last two years he was able to asses the students needs and answer questions I had for him after each lesson.
I feel Gavin would have a great oppurtunity by doing his student teaching here at Centennial because he would have exposure to not only high school Adaptive P.E. but, the elementary level as well. He would be an asset to our staff and students by providing his experience to overcome his life altering event and adapting to fitness and physical activity.
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To whom it may concern:

I'd like recommend Gavin *** (removed) for student teaching at Centennial High School. I met Gavin through his observations and have known him for two years. I am an Adaptive Physical education teacher for Mimosa Elementary School and Centennial High School. Gavin is not only a true inspiration to myself, and my special needs students, but to my peer facilitators as well.
Gavin provides many strengths for becoming an excellent teacher. During his observations for the last two years he was able to asses the students needs and answer questions I had for him after each lesson.
I feel Gavin would have a great oppurtunity by doing his student teaching here at Centennial because he would have exposure to not only high school Adaptive P.E. but, the elementary level as well. He would be an asset to our staff and students by providing his experience to overcome his life altering event and adapting to fitness and physical activity.


This is a great start, but we need to put "more flesh on the bones" in order to make Gavin stand out more. So why don't I begin using your information, and then you revise what I have written, and I will look at your revisions? Seem confusing? Okay, let's do it this way:

1) I will *** to revise,
2) You add to and modify my revisions,
3) I will have another look at your work.

One question though, I don't understand "his observations"? Is it through Gavin's observations of others that you have recognized his talents? Or is it your observations of Gavin that you recognize his talents. It almost seems to me that you use both forms? Please comment on my question.

Also, I am going to have Gavin's last name removed from your post. The reason for doing that so protect his identity. These days it is very common to Google peoples' names to learn more about them. I know I have several pages attached to my name, which I am okay with. But for Gavin's sake, we want his recommendation letter to appear fresh. We don't want someone else to read all the drafts and everything else. So I am just going to use LN for his last name. Sorry, I should have mentioned this earlier.

To whom it may concern: If you are able to provide a name, so much the better.

I would like recommend Gavin LN for a student teaching position at Centennial High School. I am an Adaptive Physical education teacher for Mimosa Elementary School and Centennial High School, and thus I fully understand the qualities and attributes that great teachers must possess.

Gavin is a 22 year old young man full of promise and potential. At the age of X, he experienced a tragic train accident where he lost both legs. Despite this tragedy, he has displayed uncommon valor and has shown others that it is not what happens to you that is important, it is how you choose to react that is important. Gavin has continued to display a forceful and positive attitude and is currently amongst the finalists being considered for the Paralympic games in Greece for basketball. Moreover, he has assisted me during the past two years in assessing my students' needs and answering questions. Gavin is a determined young man who is going to take full advantage of all that life has to offer.

I believe Gavin would make a significant and lasting contribution to Centennial through his student teaching. His positive spirit and attitude as well as his infectious optimism would be of benefit to all, teachers and students alike. Gavin would gain by this experience by learning more about teaching, both Adaptive Physical Fitness as well as regular classroom instruction.

Should you wish to contact me for a further discussion, I can be reached at 852-789-6547.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours truly,
Queen

How does that look for starters? You need to go through it and correct the errors or things you do not believe to be true.
Wow!!!! This is much better!!!! For the observations, Gavin was there just to observe my class, but he was able to tell the disabilities of each student and answer any questions I had for him after each lesson. More or less me probing him on why and how I adapted each lesson to fufill the needs of each student. Does that help a little?? I really LOVE what you have written and would like to take what you have added and go ahead and type it in word and print it up. The only thing I would change is that he did make the cuts for the paralympics and is going to Greece this September. Is this ok?????!!!!! Thank you SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
Queen_marine,

There is one sentence that I am not completely comfortable with.
Despite this tragedy, he has displayed uncommon valor and has shown others that it is not what happens to you that is important, it is how you choose to react that is important.


You would rewrite it as shown below, though I don't like the revised version as much.

Despite this tragedy, he has displayed uncommon valor and has shown others that it is not what happens to you that is important, but rather it is how you choose to react that is important.

Please allow me a day or two to think about it. Someone else might jump in and comment as well. Also, I use "display(ed)" too often. I really wanted to provide this as a draft so that you could think about it. There still needs to be some minor tuning. I will try to post a revised revision soon.

Also, I am not sure that Adaptive Physical Fitness needs to be capitalized. My guess is that it should NOT be capitalized.

I am glad you like what has been written. You might want or need to change a few things to make sure that it suits your needs.

MountainHiker
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Queen_marine,

Here is my slightly revised letter. You can "tweak" to make it more your own. I hope this letter serves both you and Gavin well.

MH

To whom it may concern: If you are able to provide a name, so much the better.

I would like to recommend Gavin [Last Name] for a student teaching position at Centennial High School. I am an adaptive physical education teacher for Mimosa Elementary School and Centennial High School, and thus I fully understand the qualities and attributes that great teachers must possess.

Gavin is a 22 year old young man full of promise and potential. At the age of X, he experienced a tragic train accident where he lost both legs. Despite this tragedy, he has displayed uncommon valor and has shown others that it is not what happens to you that is important, but rather it is how you choose to react. Gavin uses his positive attitude to overcome obstacles and challenges, which is demonstrated by his being chosen to represent [his country] by playing basketball in the Paralympic Games in Greece. Moreover, he has assisted me during the past two years in assessing my students' needs and answering questions. Gavin is a determined young man who is going to take full advantage of all that life has to offer.

I believe Gavin would make a significant and lasting contribution to Centennial. His positive spirit and attitude as well as his infectious optimism would be of benefit to all, teachers and students alike. Gavin would gain by this experience by learning more about teaching, both adaptive physical fitness as well as regular classroom instruction.

Should you wish to contact me for a further discussion, I can be reached at [your phone number].

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Queen
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