Report card comments
Did you ever notice not a word was said about report cards during your years of teacher training at University? The following are suggestions from me, please do what feels comfortable for you.
If you were supposed to write November Conferences’ on your first quarter comments, it would have come preprinted on the card. Write a comment. I use the “Good comment,” “We are working on,” and “Good comment.” Comments on report cards should not be a time to spring new information on parents.
My children went to a different school system for four years. There was not one comment on report cards, ever. I called the principal and got nowhere, so I called the superintendent. He said he had no idea, and that this was an unacceptable practice he was going to correct immediately. The next report card time I opened my son’s report card and it said, “Hunter is good in art.” I cried. This teacher didn’t even teach my son art. Her comment was gravely in-adequate.
My son was adopted as an infant. His biological mother was a drug addict. and Hunter was born with seven different types of illegal drugs in his system. The hospital said this was one of the worst withdrawal cases they had seen. He spent six weeks detoxing at the hospital and another five weeks at our home. I just held and rocked him as he cried.
I am so sorry that his teacher didn’t love, or even like my son. The only good thing she could find to say about him is that he was good in art. Shame on her. He deserved better.
The following positive comments, except the last, were actual statements made on report cards by Australian teachers. They were made instead of the negative comment, which is also included. Some of these comments are funny. Keep in mind these children go home to a family that loves them very much. If you need ideas for report cards, take out a couple of high, medium, and low student records from your own students in the office. You can look at their previous report cards and make a template to fill in for this year. Of course you will want to make some changes. There should be three positive comments for each, “We are continuing to work on….” Comment.
Student sometimes needs scaffolding and guidance to help her deal appropriately with disappointment…...Sometimes she needs to be reminded that tantrums are not appropriate. Contributes well to class discussions…….She never ever shuts up. Needs extra encouragement to focus on the activity at hand……He has the attention span of a goldfish. She likes drama and wants to be a teacher…..Runs away from school screaming at teacher. His need for perfection has improved…..Starts all over again from scratch whenever he makes a tiny error. He is learning to get closer to the person he is speaking to and modulate his voice in conversation…..He is learning not to shout across the room at people…..Has intense interest in other people. Gossips Constantly……Enjoys guiding and instructing her friends on what to do…Bossy! Have a nice summer!.....Glad this year is over! It has been a pleasure having your child in my class this year. Means exactly what it says. We are working on improving behavior…..Messed up beyond belief. (FUBB)