Connecting With Your Teacher

Why is it important?

How can I reach out to my teacher?

You have a teacher for each one of your Keystone courses. You are able to contact your teacher via phone or email and they will respond within 1 business day--some of your teachers may even be available via Skype!

You can find out who your teacher is and what their phone number/email address is by clicking on Staff Information or the Teacher's Office in your course.
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When do I want to reach out?

Obviously you will want to reach out anytime that you have a question about your course's content or an assignment's directions. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!
We all need help from time to time and your teacher is going to be your best resource for questions related to your course. You are not going to be "bugging them" by asking for help. Remember, they became teachers for a reason. They want to help kids just like you!

It is also a good idea to reach out to your teacher as soon as you enroll in their course just to introduce yourself. In a traditional school setting you get an average of 180 hours of face time with your teacher. Throughout the school year you both get to know each others personalities, abilities, and interests. But how can this happen when you actually never get to meet your teacher face-to-face?
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What if you need a letter of recommendation to apply for college, get a job, be accepted into an honor society, etc? Most students will ask one of their teachers to write a letter for them.

Keystone teachers write letters of recommendation for their students all the time. What if you need a letter someday? Who will you ask? Of course you can ask one of your Keystone teachers to write a recommendation for you but what will it say if they barely know who you are?
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How can I connect with and impress my teacher?

  • Foremost, students should work hard in their courses and put forth 100% effort on all assignments!
  • Students show maturity through email and phone etiquette. Grammar is really important in emails, too!
  • Students are cordial in all communications with Keystone staff.
  • Students should make time to include fun notes in emails. For example, telling their teachers a little about the weather in their home state, wishing them a happy holiday, or have a unique email signature!
  • Students sometimes call their teacher when they have a question instead of emailing.
  • Students keep teachers looped-in on recent accomplishments. For example, students share blurbs or pictures from winning awards or competitions.