It is almost the end of the term, so report card writing is upon us!
If you are like me the very idea of that makes your head swim.
Here are a couple of suggestions to make this “report card chapter” go a little more smoothly.
Templates are your friend! Yes, you are going to personalize each report card comment, but you do not have to start from scratch each time. I’ve created a freebie that you can grab at the bottom of this post. You can use individual comments or combine them as needed for your students. I hope this helps! Please let me know if it does. I’d love to hear from you!
Make a “To-Do” list.
It’s too much to think about all the papers you need to grade, writing pieces you need to read and grades you need to record. Your head will just swim. So make a list. Instead of setting aside a whole day to “do report cards”, set aside increments of time across a week or two to do pieces of the project. For example, read 5-6 writing pieces a day and grade as you go. Set aside specific days to think about just one subject at a time. It really does help to write the whole project down and take it apart bit by bit.
Try not to wait until the last minute.
If you can, try to start thinking about report cards a couple of weeks ahead of time so you have time to map out the project of getting it done. It will make the days that follow a little less stressful. Sometimes life doesn’t cooperate and you just can’t plan ahead. If that’s the case, take a deep breath and don’t stress. Remember, everything that has to get done, will. When it is done, go out and celebrate!
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(Reposted from “The Proactive Teacher” March 2018)