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How did you deal with teacher recs?

ButternutButternut Registered User Posts: 2,002 Senior Member
My mom said she'll write them, but that seems like it might come across as a little biased. Should I contact each school and ask them? Most of them don't mention anything about teacher recs on their websites...how did you do them?
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Replies to: How did you deal with teacher recs?

  • danasdanas Registered User Posts: 1,781 Senior Member
    I've had a son and a daughter go through the college application process so far.
    My son got recs from our branch librarian (a home schooling mother) and from a man he met at a home school meeting who had an interesting educational history.
    My daughter got recs from two ballet teachers.
    The advantage was that the people who wrote their recs knew them in a variety of settings over a great many years and could speak well to their curiosity and character. I'm sure each of them did a careful and heartfelt job. Most school teachers write dozens of recs every year, and I'm guessing it shows.
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    Here is a description from one selective LAC's website pertaining to recommendation letters for homeschoolers:

    "Outside recommendations from people who have known the applicant in contexts other than academics (i.e., employer, minister, conductor, coach). When appropriate, letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the student in academic settings (summer programs, local colleges or universities, etc.) should be included. "

    You mom should write an evaluation/recommendation as your "homeschool supervisor." This is the equivelant to the guidance counselor evaluation for a traditional student. The letters of recommendation are a bit different, and should come for other people in your life, if at all possible.

    Good luck!
  • cockatielcockatiel Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    We have had two go through the college admissions process so far.

    My kids' primary "teacher" recs have come from teachers they have had in online classes.

    Both of the kids then had supplementary recs from people who know them in "real life" -- Civil Air Patrol squadron leader, person who supervised dd doing her volunteer work at a museum, and job supervisor (though each kid only sent one supplementary rec per college).
  • ButternutButternut Registered User Posts: 2,002 Senior Member
    Thanks for all the responses. :)
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