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Tips for speeding up the repord card

For those of you looking for a quick fix I have complied a report card document. All comments are separated by subject and grade level. I have comments for Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art and Gym from grade levels A+ to D. Here is the link if you are interested: Here! (FREE)

**** Read on for tips!***

Report cards are great…for students and parents. For teachers, we dread report cards. It is a mind numbing process, we spend hours and hours working on it only to have two common reactions:

  1. The parents with struggling kids never follow up or set up a plan to improve.
  2. The nit picking parent who demands to see the reason why his/her child got an A and not an A+

Really, the work we put into those report cards are never appreciated. So from now on, my goal is to get them done as quickly and as efficient as possible. Here are some of the tricks I use.

First things first: Marks.

  • Don’t wait to get all the marks in for all subjects before you start. As soon as you are done one subject, plug them right into the report card! This way you aren’t stuck doing a whole bunch at once. Unless of course you finish all your marks at once, then hats off to you!
  • Speaking of marks. Get yourselves an efficient grading excel sheet. This saves a lot of time. This will reduce the work you put in finding percentages of each test, calculating individual weight and etc etc. I use an excel sheet that does everything for me! It’s awesome. (more on that in a different blog)

Secondly: Subject comments

  • This is the part that takes a while. I know it’s nice to write individual comments for each students on their subject, in all honestly it takes way too long and most parents don’t read it! I suggest leaving the personal individual comments in the “Strength/Weakness/Next step” comments.
  • Create a generic comment for one subject. Something in the lines of
    • “Jake has progressed very well in Mathematics during this year.He demonstrates a great level of understanding of the concepts taught. He is able to multiply and divide with ease. He can identify geometric shapes and its dimensions. He is able to state fractions and their probabilities. Jake’s participation in math class is noted, he completes his math work and tries his best to be involved in answering questions. For the future, Jake can try practicing more at home and being a little more attentive during class time”
  • You can use this template for ALL student, you just have to tweek it depending on a grade level. For example, the above is an A level comment and would be used for all students with A. For a C level you would say “Jake has progressed satisfactory in Mathematics….” etc etc.
  • Create a generic comment for each subject and just switch a few words here and there based on the grade!
  • Make sure you have WordDocument open. This way you can copy and paste comments and change them quick.

Third:  Next Step comments.

  • I leave these comments to the end. I like to make these a little more personal and usually come up with different commentary for each student. However, you can easily use a generic comment for this section as well.

Good luck, I hope these tips help and remember to stay sane!

For those of you looking for a quick fix I have complied a report card document. All comments are separated by subject and grade level. I have comments for Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art and Gym from grade levels A+ to D. Here is the link if you are interested: Here! (FREE)

 

 

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My Journey

I jolted awake, wondering where I was. Looking up I saw Mr. V grudgingly explaining BEDMAS. Agh, I thought to myself, I did it again, I fell asleep in math class! Who could blame me really? Mr. V had such a monotone voice making one of my favorite subject utterly torturous. I wonder how teachers can sometimes do that, have no passion in their lesson. I pitted the students around me, I pitted myself and I pitted the teacher. We spend more than 6 hours in school and half the time was spent looking at the clock to see when class will end. And that’s when it hit me, I need to be. NO. I HAVE to be a teacher! I have to change how teachers teach,  I have to instill the passion back into teaching!

Fast forward 13 years and here I am. A grade three homeroom teacher with so much passion and motivation that I needed to share my experience and work.  My journey to teaching was difficult, time consuming but was filled with joy. I realized in grade nine math that I wanted to become a teacher. I wanted students to be able to come to school and ENJOY it. I wanted to instill a passion for learning. I graduated highschool with that thought playing over and over. I went through university taking as many teachable courses as I could. Loving every bit of it. My goal? Was to teach abroad as soon as a I graduate. Did I achieve it? Oh yes! In my last year of university I signed up for an intensive TESEL course with my fiance and we both were certified. The summer  that I graduated was filled with new beginnings. I married my partner in crime and we went off to teach in China together. Teaching in China was one of the best experiences I have ever had.. so far 😉 I taught in China for a year, creating lasting bonds and connections with students that helped me grow as teacher. Currently, I work as a grade three homeroom teacher in Canada. My  class is filled with wondrous students who make every day a special day for me.

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