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.
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.
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.