I'm with you girl on being honest on report cards whether it's good or bad. I still try super hard to put a positive comment or two. I'm also very detailed! Some parents don't come in for conferences because they tell me my report card comments explain everything!
Lorraine,I know what ytou mean about not wanting to sugar coat things! As a second grade teacher, I've struggled when previous teachers have done a little too much sugar coating, and the parents aren't aware the child isn't working up to grade level. I like to give them as much good news as I can, but it's important to tell the truth without implying the child is doing better than he is. Thanks for posting this!Sally from ElementaryMatters
I like what you say about being positive, but not sugar coating. If there is something the student needs to work on the parents do need to know. :)
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Thanks so much!
I really like your thoughts on comments! They are positive, but still get the point across about what the student needs to work on :) Have a happy rest of your weekend :)Lisa :) (new follower)Made In The Shade In Second Grade
I totally agree with you....I'm doing report cards right now! Thanks for sharing your tips on report card comments!RebeccaTeaching First
I'm glad to hear that someone else feels you shouldn't sugar coat things. I thought I was doing something wrong as I read all my teammates comments and there are all positive. I normally start with something positive and then tell parents where their children need to improve.
I know what you mean about reports. I'm a Sub now, so I don't have to think about reports for a while, but when I had my own class it was always a horribly onerous task. As a teacher, you always want to find something good to say, and we usually do... As a parent, I always like to know things the way they are - no beating about the bush. I think most parents are the same. However, in my last school, my Head wasn't of the same mind, with the result that we had to gloss over the tricky bits. This in itself results in problems of a different nature. I always find positives - it's all in the wording. Your comments fit the mark exactly - thanks...
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