FYI- I did not update the letter below. Below is the original unrevised version.
Thoughts on this letter please:
I wanted to make you aware of some behaviors in class that are of great concern to me.
X is making it increasingly difficult for me to teach in my classroom. X is constantly making noises and distracting other students. For example, today I was teaching the class how to introduce a character in a story. Every time I turned my back to write on the board x would get up out of x seat and do something, I’m not sure what, to cause the other students to laugh. X was doing everything in x power to bring the focus of the classroom to self.
Another behavior that has me concerned is x talking out. X will purposefully answer no when the answer is yes. An example, “Do you want to have an extra recess?” and x answers, no. I realize this is not a big deal, but I typically teach this way. I ask a question, knowing the answer and x will always answer the opposite, simply to get attention either from me or the other students. Other times I am asking questions and x blurts answers out rather than waiting to be called on or giving another student the opportunity to answer. This is a great source of frustration.
Also, x is very destructive of x supplies. X will tear an eraser into minuscule pieces and throw bits of eraser across the room or at other students. I have seen x push erasers and pencils up into x nose just for attention. X will sharpen a pencil simply to have a reason to get out of x seat, even if the pencil does not need sharpening. If x is questioned about this, x will purposefully break the point of the pencil so that it in fact does need sharpening. I realize they are x supplies to do with as x chooses, but I wanted you to be aware of what is going on with x supplies.
X has a constant need for attention whether it is negative or positive. X can be a great asset to our classroom. X is a smart, fun, loving child. However, x negative behaviors are overshadowing x positive traits.
I would very much appreciate if you would speak to x about this behavior. I am available for a conference if you would like to speak with me as well. If you would like to meet you may call to set up a time.