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.