Tips for writing effective report card comments

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  1. trayums

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    Hi there,
    I am a new teacher who is now working on report cards! we are required to have comments for each student , which i believe is typical. However, I am not sureee what to include and what NOT to include. Does anyone have any advice for me?
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    THANKS sooo much
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    I realize it is a simple concept but often overlooked... Establish a positive contact with parents BEFORE the report card period. This will make any less favorable comments more palatable.
     
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    I give handwritten comments on each report card and I always make them positive. (You pulled up your grade in spelling!, Keep working hard, I know you can do it! etc) If I include a critical comment (we list those with our grades and they are input with codes) I have already spoken to the parent on several different occaisions (those are usually things like study skills need improvement, attitude needs improvement, etc)
     
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    We only put comments on progress report, not report cards. I like to be very specific in my comments - A on last test, great social studies project, has mastered long division with decimals, etc.
     
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    I always make positive comments too, sometimes intermingled with goal(s) for the next quarter, such as "------is a sensitive and caring classroom citizen and a good helper. Her biggest difficulty is staying organized and finishing work independently. We will be working on this during the next quarter."
    I believe the wording makes it clear that it is not a negative reflection on the child, nor the parent, but an idea and focus for improvement and learning... and that is what kids go to school for.
     
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    I always start off with a positive comment and then if there are any concerns I write those such as she is struggling with.... but my class is pretty good and the ones who are not doing well their parents already know.
     
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    I also include positive comments in each report card. I learned the hard way to keep it short and sweet, and not write too much. I had a very big problem because of my abundance of comments!

    I always thank the parents for their help at home. I always finish with something like "I'm looking forward to ------continuing his/her progress in the ---- marking period."

    Good luck!! By the way- there are also books out there you can purchase as well. Someone bought me one my first year...I love it. The wording is very nicely put:)
     

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