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Report Cards, Finished

I finished my report cards yesterday (the day they were actual due).  I had take my laptop home a few days to bang out some grades and some comments, and I had to check some assessments at home as well, but on the day they were due, I left school at 4:15 with my report cards finished.

That’s got to be some kind of record for me.  I usually tell other teachers, when they ask if I’m finished, that I have until midnight the day they are due.

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Report Cards – Second Trimester

Report cards are always tricky for me, and each time I fill them out there are different tricky parts to it.  Second trimester report cards are due soon.

Wednesday we had a minimum day to work on them. As usual, I used that time to grade papers and input grades into my grade book.  I worked on them a little on Thursday and Friday, but honestly, I am so busy during the week, I haven’t had a lot of time to do it.

Plus with my wife working full time (she usually isn’t), I feel I need to get home to help out more, so I haven’t been able to stay late much.

So now it’s Sunday afternoon.  I’d rather be napping, but I find I need to get working on report cards.  I’m hoping to get a lot of the behavior grades put in, and then get through a lot of the comments.  I’m trying to go minimal again, like I did last trimester.

There’s two ways to do comments.  I could use the districts prewritten comments.  That’s easy, once you find the right comments.  A lot of them don’t quite fit.  And honestly, using those comments is incredibly boring for me.  I find myself literally falling asleep doing them.

The other way is to write my own comments.  But when I do that, I have to go to Google Translator and get them translated into Spanish.  And I know the comments I write are not getting translated perfectly.  I’m afraid to hear how incorrect the comments are when they are translated into Spanish.

Stay tuned.

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Finishing Up

The last full week of school is finally behind me.  Report cards are finished – I think. I worked until about 7 this evening.  My Report Card Maker kept freakin’ out.  Every 5 minutes or so I would have to exit out of the program (usually with cont/alt/delete) and then restart the program.  It was VERY frustrating, and slow going.

On Monday I’ve got a room to finish moving, paperwork to find buried under a mess (thanks to the move), a math test and a writing test to give.  Then cums to finish.  It’s going to be a couple of late days until the end of school.

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The Home Stretch

The end of the year is coming quick, and this year seems a bit more crazy then usual.  I think it’s because almost everyone is changing classrooms.  That means, on top of giving end of the year tests (language arts, math, writing, and fluency), filling out report cards, completing cums and A1 cards, most of the teachers (including myself) have to take everything down off the walls, pack up all the cupboards, and move to a new classroom.  Plus I need to test my oral language group, which means keeping my entire class occupied while I meet 1 on 1 with each student for about 10 minutes per student.

So there’s a lot to do.  My room is a mess.  Some cupboards are cleared out, others are not.  Most of the stuff that has been cleared out is outside my new classroom, which means later I will have to put those things away.  See, no one can completely move until there new classroom is cleared out, but that teacher can’t completely clear out until that teacher’s new room is cleared out.  Do you see the dilemma?

I couldn’t stay as late as I wanted because our main line is backing up.  So I had to take this morning off to meet the plumber.  Tonight is Sarah’s graduation dinner, so I can’t stay too late tonight.  I guess I can stay until midnight Friday to finish report cards/move.

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Open House – Part II

Leaving Open House, and getting home from it, are two great feelings.  Walking to your car, with all the other teachers heading out doing the same, leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment, of achievement.  I’ve gotten through another Open House.  I put on another successful show.  But getting home feels great.  I never go home between then end of the half day a school, and the event.  There is usually too much to do, and if I happen to be ready enough, I just worry too much while I’m at home.  So I stay, get my work done, and hopefully enjoy a very casual, stress free, early dinners.  So by the time the night is over, it has been a long day.

I think this year’s Open House was good.  I think I had about 25 families show up, but more than that, I had about 5 former students come by to say hello.  One was in 10th grade, and apparently making really bad decisions (baby on the way and in a gang).  Another was a 22 year old I had when I taught 2nd grade at Price.  I totally remembered her for some reason .  It turns out she is the oldest sister of a current student of mine (I had the two girls’ brother in between having the two of them).  I had 2 students who are now juniors in high school, and apparently doing well, with plans to go to college.  And then I had 2 girl who I had 3 or 4 years ago.

It’s always pretty fun to see former students.  But when they are young adults, it’s just weird.

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It’s always good to get Open House over with, for a couple of reasons.  The first (and they are in no particular order) is that there is always a push with teachers to get new, good work up on the bulletin boards.  That means pushing your students for their best work, and then taking down all their old work and putting up new work.  And teachers usually put more art work, and work in general, up on the boards.  So we’re jamming art, writing, and math all over, in every space we can find.

Another reason is that once Open House is over, it seems the end of the year is finally in sight.  All year long you look for the State test, and prep for that.  Once that is over, it’s the big push for Open House.  Now that that is behind us, we can finally look towards the end of the year.  But it’s going to be a busy 3 weeks.

In a couple of days we have the all-school Olympics, which my class has not prepared for at all.  Then the week after that is Gold Rush, which we are way behind in.  We are going to have to practice singing, dancing, and doing the play a lot these next 10 or so school days!  And then some time around then there is our report card prep day.  Once that hits, I’ll be busy after school for about 3 hours, for at least 3 days, and probably more.  Then there is a whole list of little things that need to be done before the school year ends (literally, we are given a list), all of which take time and energy.  By the time that last half day of school rolls around, it feels so good to get it over with.

I think we’re planning root beer floats after lunch on that day, just like last year.

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Report Card Resolution

I finally figured out my report card problem.  Well, that isn’t exactly true.  I figured out how to solve my report card problem without doing all that work over.  With help of our computer lady, we figured out that my report card archives that I needed are on my home computer.  So I called Julie up, and she found them for me.  Then she pushed the magic “merge” button, and voila, there they were; all my old work that I had did at home was now on my school computer (through our district’s server).  Wooo hooo!

Did a few fixes, then had them printed out.  Sent them home on Wednesday.  I’m glad that’s over with.  Now just have to do them again before the end of the year.

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Report Card Joys

Finished my report cards Tuesday, at home.  That was nice.  Had mostly comments to do, then had to get most of them translated on Google Translator.  Then Wednesday morning I let me principal know they were done and ready to be checked.

Got a note back today.  Among other thanks, she said I forgot to put some scores in the comments.  After getting some things done after school (I didn’t think I had many things to do) I discovered that almost all the comments I did at home did not get saved.

To make matters worse, as I was working to get them finished (for a second time) this afternoon, the report card maker program kept freezing up.  Which meant I had to control/alt/delete, go to the task manager, and end task.  Every 5 minutes or so it would do it again.

After calling a colleague, I decided that something was up, and maybe they could get the archived records from when I saved it at home.  Another possibility was that since the program was freaking out, maybe things weren’t being saved.  I’ll talk to someone at school tomorrow.

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Report Cards

It’s that time of year again.  We usually get one or two minimum days to get ready.  You know, get our grade books up to date, things like that.  That was last week.  Report cards are due Friday, and although it seems that I have more time to do them between minimum days and the actual due date, the report cards seem more difficult than ever to do.  I don’t know why.

I’m about 2 thirds of the way through, but I then have to do ALL of the comments.  That can be the tricky part.  It would help if I could have a wireless connection at home.  Maybe I could go to Starbucks and use their wifi (that is not a bad idea!).

Conferences are next week.  We have two minimum days, then no school on Wednesday (Veteran’s Day), and then no school on Thursday or Friday.  I wish I could get them all in on one or two days, but it isn’t going to work out that way this year.  They’re about evenly spaced between the 4 days.

I just need to get the report cards done by Friday so they can be checked and I can hand them out for my conferences on Monday.

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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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Report Cards

It’s report card time.  We get a minimum day the Wednesday before report cards are due to get our acts together.  I usually need to start a couple of days before and input some grades into my grade book and figure out the grades.  I think it’s pretty difficult to fill out our report card.  There are so many catagories, so many specifics.  It’s mind numbing.  Then there are the comments.  By the time I spend an hour on them, I feel like I’m in a daze.  I brought my iPod to listen to, and every once in a while I need to stand up and walk around.  Looks like it’s going to be a long day at school.

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