Sunday, February 1, 2015

Report Card Comments....Made EASY!



It's report card time at our school...if you are a teacher, you either have come to terms with the fact that this is something required of you, or you still feel like crying and contemplate quitting around this time every year. I am somewhere between those feelings unfortunately....


I don't know if there is anything as complicated as writing comments on a student's report card.
It involves so much brain power. If you are like me (and many other teachers) you may find yourself struggling with the most tactful way to address certain behavioral and academic issues. 

I think we can all agree that NOTHING written in the comments on a report card should be "new" to the parents. Emails have been sent, phone calls have been made, and maybe a parent conference or two have occurred if there is a big issue. 

Either way, whether you have something BIG that needs to be documented in the report card comments, or you are just required by your administration to include a certain amount of information here, it can be time consuming and exhausting to write comments for an entire classroom. Each student is different and it is imperative that your comments reflect that. Report card comments should never look the same across your classroom. These comments should show that you have taken the time to get to know each child and that you are putting thought into them. 

HOWEVER, sometimes, that's just tough. Bottom line. Of course you know these students. You are with them all the time. You see everything they do and hear everything they say. But, coming up with well thought out comments is just not always as easy as it sounds. 

For starters, there are always going to be certain students that you struggle to think of anything positive to write. And, you should ALWAYS have something positive to say about a child in their report card comments. Always. 

Then there is the battle of what you WANT to say, and what you MUST say in order to keep your job!



I've compiled a list of comment ideas to help you out! 

Below are some ideas and prompts for Academic areas and Behavioral areas:

POSITIVE COMMENTS for students who are on track and progressing:

He/She...

is eager to learn new things
shows enthusiasm when working in class
is always up for a new challenge
demonstrates good work habits
completes work in a timely manner
has shown significant progress in...
is beginning to show progress in...
has great self-confidence/ is beginning to show more self-confidence
is not afraid to try new strategies
works well with peers in small group and partner settings
is becoming a peer leader
has become a much more fluent reader
is great at problem solving
does well with working independently
is a well-liked citizen of our classroom
makes friends easily
works hard and puts in his/her best effort on assignments
is a wonderful friend 
is becoming much better at remembering and following our classroom rules
has worked hard and shown steady progress in ___________
has done well with our ___________ unit and can now ____________

POSITIVE COMMENTS for students who NEED to show improvement and/or may be behind:

He/She

needs reminders to follow our classroom rules
requires repetition in order to retain information learned
would benefit from extra help/practice with ___________________
is not putting his/her best effort into assignments
has not taken part in our classroom discussions
needs help managing his/her time in the classroom
is not accepting responsibility 
needs reminders and signals to stay focused during lessons
is not completing work in a timely manner
needs to be reminded to raise his/her hand instead of shouting out during lessons


I have also searched and found some AMAZING other links to resources and comment ideas. Be sure you check them out below!




I hope that you have found this article helpful!















Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! DAY 8



Have you heard about Zippy's BIG 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway??? The prizes are amazing and so are all of the people that are helping to make it happen!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Currently and a TREAT!


I'm linking up with Farley, at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her monthly CURRENTLY!

Time to give you a peek into my world :)

Listening: To country music, of course! Right now it's Jason Aldean's song Burnin' It Down...I like!

Loving: Yes...being able to open the windows in my house without heating to death is a luxury here in AZ...alas, Fall truly has arrived! lol

Thinking: I should stop thinking and GO TO BED...but my brain is on a roll right now and I literally CANNOT turn it off. I may need to down some NyQuil or something!

Wanting: These new cute running shoes (because CURRENTLY my big toe on my left foot literally has a peep hole in my shoes).
Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8

Needing: This is something I think every Mom I know would agree with...especially on Fall break with the kids. I need more patience....I need to slow down, breathe, give myself a time out...regroup and HAVE more patience with my own children.

Trick or Treat???
TREAT!!!

I just uploaded a new freebie to my TpT store today. 



 I made these simple story sequencing posters to go along with my Story Elements packet. I am going to laminate a few sets of these with thick laminate and let my students write on them during writing and literacy centers for sequencing practice! You could also just hang them as posters. Hope you like them! If you download, please leave me some feedback!




Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 4 of my Mega Milestone Giveaway: A BIG TpT GIFT!

Today I am telling you about the very last prize of this giveaway and I have saved the BIGGEST for last! Who doesn't LOVE TpT???? And who doesn't LOVE FREE THINGS? 

Well, today's giveaway will get one lucky winner a $150 TpT Gift certificate! I mean, are you serious?? I wish I could enter this one! I have AT least that much sitting in my wishlist right now!

This giveaway AND the last three (go back and check out the last three posts to get entered) will end this Friday, September 19th! SO, be sure you enter them all! Winners will be announced BY Sunday!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day 3 of the Mega Milestone Giveaway: A Set of Polka Dot Magnets!

Welcome to Day 3! I have had such a great time telling you about the prizes so far, and today is no different! I'm thrilled to be giving away a set of polka dot magnets from Tea and Coffee!


Good luck and remember to come back tomorrow for the NEXT giveaway prize!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 2 of the Mega Milestone Giveaway: $125 AMAZON

Day 2 is HERE! If you missed yesterday's GIVEAWAY for a $50 SitSpots certificate, you'll want to go enter for a chance to win that prize as well.

Here is what I'm offering today!

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Adventures in Teaching
The Resourceful Apple


My Silly Firsties
Rowdy in First Grade
Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations
and they all fall down
Kindergarten Craftiness
Sarah's First Grade Snippets!
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Georgia Grown Kiddos
I hope you'll stop by their blogs and check them out...because on top of being incredible friends, they are all AMAZING bloggers! :)

GOOD LUCK! Remember to come back tomorrow for the next giveaway!


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