Letting Student See a Letter of Recommendation

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  1. Splasher

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    Do you ever let students see letters of recommendation that you write for them? I understand that they are supposed to waive their right to see the letter, but many of my colleagues let students see the letters they write for various reasons (of which I am unsure). I would never agree to write a letter if I couldn't write them a good one anyone.
     
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    Mine do if I have to give it to them. Some send it in themselves.

    I too would only write one if it's positive.
     
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    From the perspective of someone on the letter-receiving end, I think it is nice to let the student you're writing for see and have a copy of the letter, addressed with a general greeting. Of course, that would be assuming that you feel comfortable recommending this student for whatever they choose to apply for.

    If the student needs another letter in a few months for an academic program or scholarship, it is nice for them to have a copy they can just send, instead of pestering you to write or send in another one.
     
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    I have let students see them in the past to give them a boost of confidence. Sometimes they know that people like and respect them, but when they see it clearly articulated with specific examples, it makes them realize, "wow, I really do have what it takes!"
     
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    Nope. I don't want them all comparing the letters I write for them with each other.
     
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    I always let them see it so they can tell me if there is anything they want me to add.

    Sometimes, I just let them write it themselves and then I go back and edit, fix it up, add some adult terms, etc.
     
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    I always let them see it. I only write letters for students where I can say something really positive. Then, I make sure the letter of recommendation is only positive.
     
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    I don't always let them see it, but that's more because I just want to get them sent out and off my desk. If a student asks to see their, I will show it to them. They're always positive, and I will tell a student straight out that if they really want me to write a letter for them, it will not be positive, if their effort in my class is lacking.
     
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    I once had a teacher show me their letter of recommendation, and it was mind-blowing to read what she wrote. I had no idea that she regarded me so highly, and at the time, I had low self-esteem, so it was a great self-esteem booster. I also show it to students so that they can let me know if there are any errors before I send it in. I once had someone write a great recommendation letter with my last name spelled wrong throughout the letter.
     
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    I put a copy in an envelope and sign across the seal. I also give the student a copy.

    As a teacher who sees students as juniors and again as seniors and as a teacher who teaches 2 concurrent (college credit) classes, I get a LOT of requests for letters of recommendation.

    I let students see them because I write honest reflections of their skills and talents. It is good information for them.

    Every professor who ever wrote a letter for me, even though I waived my rights, shared a copy of the letter.

    I have told students no when I feel I couldn't write a positive letter.
     
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    I haven't written a lot of them since I don't teach high school, but when I do, I am always willing to share a copy with the student.
     

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