You Oughta Know About ...Report Card Comments


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Blog Hop You Oughta Know About a quick and easy way to knock out report card comments!
You Oughta Know About...a quick and easy way to knock out report card comments
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Blog Hop You Oughta Know About a quick and easy way to knock out report card comments!
My parents moved to the United States from the United Kingdom for a better life. They wanted to see their new "country" and they didn't mind dragging around their only child, me. I went to more elementary school than you can count on both hands, it was probably one of the reasons I wanted to become a teacher. I remember having so many great ones that were kind and loving to the New Kid.
But there was also one other thing I remembered, almost every report card use to say something like, "Fernley is a smart young lady who finishes her work quickly and goes on to bother others." Boy, oh, boy did I love to bother others....nothing mean, just Chatty Cathy talk, talk, talk, talk, talk! I will never forget one year, my mom setting the report card down and saying something like, "Do you think they have a book of comments? This is the fifth CITY but the same comment!"
YEP!
Turns out they did have a book, actually a few books. There were books of teacher comments in the early 1970s and there are books of teacher comments available now! But now, we also have the beauty of the Internet. 
Many of us have online report cards that are filled out online and then available for the parents to print at home. That's what our district does, I am able to print my son's report card when I want to, or NOT print it and just view it online. Everything is automated, a #2 for needs improvement or an E for Excellent behavior, but as a mother, it is still nice to see a comment from the teacher, even a typed one. That shows me, that out of a classroom full of "little people" {or 150 high school "big people"} that teacher has taken the time to get to know my son.
But filling out report cards can be a stressful time of year, you are still planning and teaching the students, you have a report card deadline, usually even before the nine weeks is over and sometimes, administrator approval of your cards....lets face it, you don't get time during the school day to do this, you are more than likely doing all this work on a weekend, on your own time. :( But this is the one thing we shouldn't skimp on, taking the time to write nice comments will help develop your student - teacher relationship as well as gaining parental support.

Always start and end with a positive comment, squeezing the bad news in the middle.  
EXAMPLE: Michelle is a sweet, young lady who is kind to everyone. If she reads nightly for 20 minutes, her fluency and comprehension will improve. I love having her in my class!
I have found a few FREE sites where you can copy and  paste a terrific comment into your students' report cards. It also helps you when you're stuck with something to say about a student.  
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12 comments

  1. Good example of a comment that includes the good traits along with the things that need improvement!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. Thanks Tara, I appreciate you stopping by! :) Fern

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  2. I wish we were allowed to include more of those personal comments on our report cards. We're limited to a strength and a next step, and need to get creative sometimes to really communicate what we want to say!

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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    1. Isn't that a shame, especially with the little kids? I love technology, but I also loved a smilie face on everything from my teacher more! Fern :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing about report card comments. Although we are not required to write something, I always tend to write an encouraging note on my students' report cards, but I think that I should include things that would guide parents and students on how to improve their academic achievement like you did by suggesting websites for extra help. Thanks for sharing as always Fern! You rock girl!

    Jasmine
    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

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    1. Thank you Jasmine, thank you also for all your hard work and terrific organization with this wonderful blog hop each month!
      Fern :)

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  4. Thanks, Fern! I usually "cheat" and use comments from previous years as the skeleton...then I fill in with pertinent information about each individual! I'm checking out the sites you recommended! Thanks so much...and BTW, I love your blog! :)

    Susan
    Friendly Froggies

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments Susan, I love your blog too and I was just lost reading post after post....the laundry fairy seems to be skipping my house too! So wrong.... :)
      Fern

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  5. Thank you for these tips. My new teachers will find this post useful and they get a little overwhelmed with report cards Teaching Science With Lynda

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    1. Thank you! I was just over at your blog as I was hopping around. Thank you for such a great post for our blog hoppers!
      Fern :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing, Cheat sheets are always helpful when your brain is scrambling for the right words :)

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

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    1. You're welcome, thanks for stopping by! Fern :)

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