Report Cards – Part 2

I got a good chunk of my report cards done, and only stayed till about 4:30.

Teachers ask me if I’m finished with report cards, or actually how many more I have to do before I’m finished.  I can’t really answer them.  I don’t finish one report card before I move on to the next.  I usually do one grade at a time for every report card.  So when I’m doing a fluency grade, I do that grade for every student’s report card.  Then I move down the line and do the next grade on the report card.  So it’s really a percentage thing.

After I get tired, I usually move over to behavior grades.  Those are usually easier to do, and I can fill those out a little more quickly.  I’ll do a bunch of those, then move back to the achedemics.  There are a few areas I want to wait and fill out later, so then I moved to the comments.

I like to put how they are doing in their reading fluency and comprehension.  I’ll mention if they have improved, and if they are above, below, or at grade level.  I also like to put how they are doing behavior wise.  That’s where I get a little “teacher revenge.”  I’ve never thought of it like that before, but even after sending home notes and talking with parents, I can remind them one last time if their child needs to behave better at school.  And in the report card, it’s a permanent record.

I left at 4:30 last night because I figured I could take my laptop home and do comments at home just as easy as I could do them at school.  So after dinner I sat on the couch and went at it.  It’s nice working at home, but after a while that numb feeling comes over me.  I actually fell asleep at one point holding down the “l” key.  I worked until about 10 o’clock.  I still have about 10 more students to make comments on, and about 5 more grades left for every student.  I’m thinking that I will be finished by tonight, I’m hoping around 9:30 or 10.

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