Hi everyone! I'm excited to be linking up to the monthly You Oughta Know About blog hop. After spending endless hours on report cards, it was a no-brainer what I should share with you this month.
Do you know that many parents, including myself, find the comment section to be the most valuable aspect of report cards? Think about it...sure those letter grades or check marks look great (hopefully), but it's the comments that speak specifically about the child.
In our district, we are encouraged to write comments that include a strength, an area of improvement, and encourage support as we move forward in the school year. Needless to say, doing this for 26 students takes HOURS of work. Finally, to save myself and other teachers quality time, I have compiled a collection of comments that I've written for my kindergarten report cards. Regardless of strength or concern, there is bound to be a comment that addresses the students in any class.
Building relationships, participating in class discussions, difficulties/does great with expressing thoughts and ideas, tardies/absences, homework, basic skills, great helper, organization habits, staying on task, disruptive habits to the learning environment, fine-motor skills, problem-solving skills, great effort but struggles to meet standards, encouraging home support, ....you name it; it's there.
Because many report cards are now standard-based, and may not have a clear marking system, the comments are sometimes the only part parents bother reading. For that sake, make them good! For your sake, you can save yourself HOURS of work with my K-1 Report Card Comments.