I don’t know any teacher who looks forward to doing report cards. This time always seems to be packed to the max with additional testing days and long to-do lists. Despite this, report cards are an important tool that schools employ to show parents how their child is progressing in school and should be completed with careful consideration.
5 Strategies for Simplifying Report Cards
1. Employ the sandwich feedback technique:
2. Highlight areas of growth
3. Expand on areas of improvement
4. Be transparent
100 Report Card Comments
Time Management/Work Habits
General Subject Area Comments
Report cards are used to show parents what students have learned, areas they excel in, and areas for improvement. Although report card grades reflect how well a student is performing against a set of standards, I would refrain from any comparisons on report cards. Every student matures and develops at a different rate, and it is important not to focus on how well children compare to their classmates, but rather to highlight how they are excelling in their personal goals/growth.
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