How to Make Report Card Comments that Rock!
How to Write Report Card Comments
Report card comments can be funny, helpful, confusing, irritating.
For many teachers the night before grades are due becomes a blur and it's possible the report card comments written on those late, long nights aren't a teacher's finest hour.
Still, report card comments are a chance to try to reach out from teacher to parent. Therefore, we want to try to make the connection as worthwhile as possible.
P.S. Add your comments into the debate about teacher's Facebook comments.
Report Card Comment Writing Tips
If you are a teacher, writing report card comments, the best way to get parents to listen, is to sandwich any criticism or suggestion between praise. For example:
________ is very outgoing and well-liked by his classmates. He needs to try to limit his talking and socializing during class time, so that he can learn as much as possible in class. He has great academic potential.
_________ is very likeable. Unfortunately he is so outgoing, that he sometimes has trouble remembering when to talk and when to be quiet. We will need to work with him to help him remember, so that he can reach his potential. He is a one smart kid.
Do you see the pattern: PRAISE -- Criticism -- PRAISE
Sandwich any critical comments between two positive statements about the child and parents will hear it much better.
Can't think of anything nice to say about a student? Take a look through the statements below and see what might fit.
Is learning to share
Is doing a better job on focusing on his work
is full of enthusiasm for school (or a particular subject or activity)
is very dependable
has improved his skills in ________
has great potential which he is working towards fulfilling
tries very hard
Is continuing to grow in independence
is gaining self-confidence
is a pleasure to be around
gets along well with others
has made substantial improvement in __________
I am hoping ______'s interest and improvement will continue.
Is cooperative and happy.
Is quick to volunteer
Takes part fully in all activities.
Has a very positive attitude which is a good influence on others
Has a great sense of humor.
Really seems to enjoy the _____________ we do..
Tries hard to please
Your support and encouragement are appreciated.
Is making steady progress academically.
Quality of work is improving.
Works well in groups.
Bubbles over with enthusiasm.
Has a sense of humor we all enjoy.
Work in the area of ______ has been especially good.
Picks up on new ideas quickly.
Is very mature.
Has a great desire to learn and understand.
Writes wonderful original stories.
Is a voracious reader
Is cooperative and, well mannered.
Is a happy, well-adjusted child.
Makes friends quickly.
Is well liked by classmates.
Has adjusted well to _____________
Other Inspiration or Tips for Teachers or About Schools - First Two Titles Give Great Advice About Report Card Comments
New in 2010, this book appears well positioned to help teachers who are "tired of the same old phrases" and looking to write something more meaningful on report cards, progress reports, IEPs, etc.
Oh and it has a Kindle edition, so if you need to read it TONIGHT and you have a Kindle, you can be reading in no time!
This is a great book whether you are a teacher or not. Very inspirational.
What Report Card Comments Might THEY Have Received?
What About Teacher FACEBOOK Comments
I'm figuring that folks stopping by to read about report card comments might have some opinions about Teacher's Facebook comments (or other publicly viewable statements). Do you feel that teacher's facebook comments should be considered fair game for parents and school administrators to pass judgement on? even hire or fire based on? Or are Facebook comments off-hours and therefore NOT part of being a teacher?
If you aren't sure, what I'm talking about here are a couple articles about Teacher Facebook comments and controversy around them.
Do you feel that teacher's facebook comments should be considered fair game for parents and school administrators to pass judgement on? even hire or fire based on?
Advice for parents looking to help improve their child's grades in school
Other Ideas for Writing Report Card Comments
While it's unlikely you'll find a comment you can just cut and paste onto a particular student's report card, you can get many ideas for specific, positive report card comments grouped by subject on this report card comments website.
Or another aid in writing report card comments not only has sample report card comments, but also offers, a "school report writing system will make writing your report cards a quick and simple job." I haven't tried it out yet. so let me know if you do. Or......
If you know of other sources, please add a comment below.