Just like many teachers report cards are not my idea of a good time. I am always at a loss for words when it comes to report card comments. I generally have an idea what I want to say about a student, but when it comes to writing about something a child needs to improve I spend a great deal of time with the word crafting to make sure it comes across in a positive way.
I go back several times and edit and rethink the sentence to make sure it will in no way be misconstrued. I then go back to make sure the indicators align with the comments. It is a long and dreary process. In the school I am in, the principals want to see the comments and the report cards prior to them being posted. I can’t imagine having to read and edit all of those comments. Fortunately for me the principal gives a due date to give herself enough time to complete the task. Due dates are wonderful for me. I always strive to beat the due date by a day or two, partly because I put myself in the principal’s shoes and I would love if teachers gave me extra time to get the job done. The other reason for getting it done early is because I like to get it off my plate and move on otherwise I would keep making changes. Besides I need to see what is going on with the Slice, write a few comments and think about what I will write for the next 10 days.