Quarter Three Report Cards SOL#20

Slice of life

I decided to go for a quick little poem today:

Report Cards

Finding the perfect comments

Looking for inspiration

Searching for the best words

Trying to find  balance

Grades on paper

Grades online

Grades to the parents

Grades on time

Is there an easier way?

To keep everyone happy

while telling the truth

and showing student growth

and meeting the Standards

So many things to consider in such a short time

Back to work

finishing these grades of mine!

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23 responses to “Quarter Three Report Cards SOL#20

  1. Isn’t grading complex? We write narrative comments along with letter grades at my school, and I always feel like mine don’t quite measure up to the potential of what a good comment could be. Good luck with your grading!

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  2. Oh the commenting! It always took so long since I wanted to get it just-right. Now that I’m a parent, I am thankful I allowed it to take so long since I know how much those comments mean to me now.

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    • Indeed! I always just hope the family and student will show up to conferences so I can talk to them in person. Ha, but even the 15-20 minute conferences we have are not enough (especially since there is time spent translating some stuff from English/Spanish).

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  3. Report cards are my least favorite thing in the world! I love how you captured all of the feelings and emotions that are involved with the distribution end. I love these lines: “To keep everyone happy while telling the truth.” I wonder if there’s an easier or better way too.

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    • I remember that there is this private school in Portland where some of my friends taught at. They would write at least a full page of comments instead of traditional report cards. I feel like if we have to make comments, a whole page is best, and if I’m writing a full page I would much rather do that instead of a traditional letter grade. I think most report cards are just a quick snapshot of where a student is academically, while an actual conversation, or at the school I mentioned, an actual page of comments might be more helpful.

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    • My comments need to be done by Wednesday in addition to their final grades. I will be working hard this weekend so I can avoid long nights of report card writing on the weekdays ahead. Sigh.

      Good luck Jennifer!

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    • We are required to make comments on the report cards and we are supposed to touch on each subject, something that needs improving, and include a goal for the next quarter. I would rather leave comments for the conference, but they are useful as a teacher if you are looking at reports from previous years to find clues about current students.

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      • I try to resist looking at the report cards from previous years until I have had a chance to get to know my students first. Then, if I am curious I will take a look. But, sometimes they do give a lot of insight!

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  4. You told the truth about report cards and it was fun to read! It’s always hard for me to rhyme and keep meaning. You did this very well! You asked for some quick ideas about incorporating poetry into your classroom. I love using the idea of Poetry Friday. It is the one day of the week we don’t switch classes. I start out the day by sharing some poems, introduce a poet, or share a new poetry book. There is a book called “Poetry Friday” by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardelle that helped me get started. It is FULL of poems and resources. Some of the resources I use frequently are the “Poem Farm” site and Laura Purdie Salis’ site. Both have poems and activities. If you start there you will have plenty to get you started. Once you are into it keep on the lookout for poems that go along with a book you are reading, a topic you are teaching, or for a fun break when you find you have a few minutes. I keep a poetry book by my rocker and in my desk. This year I’ve discovered I can use poems to teach so many of there craft moves I want my students to be aware of in all of the writing I do, so I often use a poem in our writing workshop time too. Some advice–read your kids a ton of poems before you ask them to write. Also, find poems that don’t have rhyming to use as examples. You are very good at rhyming but kids often ruin their poems by trying to rhyme. Good luck! My Poetry Port is a new addition to my class blog and I will continue to share the things we are trying. Visit there for some ideas too. Good luck with report cards. We have conferences only in the spring and final report cards at the end of the year. They are only 15 minutes but I do appreciate being able to have a conversation.

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    • Thank you for the great ideas! I will be sure to check out the resources you listed. I will try to start reading my students some poems this coming week to gear up for March!

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  5. I find comments such useful things, we had already a student whose psychologist used also school comments for helping diagnose of Attention disorder.

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