For a teacher, writing up report cards and sending them home can be one of the most stressful events during the school year. Not only do you have to average out fair grades for each subject, but personal comments are expected. Once you have all of that done comes the arduous task of making sure the parents receive them and getting prepared to talk with them about it.
Whether alphabetical or numerical, the actual grading portion of a report grade is the easiest part. This letter or number should not be chosen randomly or assigned based on what you think it should be. Instead it should reflect the real average of the child’s work for that quarter, and you should have the test scores and projects to stand behind it.
The next step is in writing the comments. You spend a lot of time with their children, and parents expect you to be able to tell them at least a little bit about how they are faring in your classroom. Choose your words wisely but be honest in your assessments. To better assist the parent in understanding how their child is doing, follow these steps:
Be careful with comments and choose your words wisely. Remember, this is going to be a permanent part of the child’s academic record.
Now that the grades have been given and the comments made, it is time to send the report card home. This is an important update on a child’s educational progress that needs to be seen and understood by his or her parents. Almost all schools require that the child bring the report card back to school with a parent’s signature to ensure that it was seen.
Kids have a tendency to forget, so a parent needs to know to be on the lookout for the report cards. A broadcast message is a perfect way to do this. DialMyCalls can take it a step further and have the contacts arranged by class. Each teacher can send their own message to their class parents, letting them know about the report cards and inviting the parent to contact them if they have any questions.
By inviting feedback in this way, the teacher is opening a positive line of communication with the parents that will serve as a basis for what should be an effective conversation regarding the education of the child.
The report card ritual will become easier as you learn how to phrase your comments right and communicate positively with the parents from the very beginning. Once you achieve these skills parents will learn to appreciate your honesty and look forward to discussing their child’s progress with you.
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