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Writing effective report card comments just got 16,000 times easier.

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jul 18, 2013 12:13:00 PM

report card commentsNo matter what grade level or subject we teach, most of us are expected to issue report cards two, three or four times a year. And no matter how many years we’ve been doing it, writing effective report card comments is never easy. To help you cut down on the hours you spend writing and reviewing your comments, stop by Report Card Comments.

Enter your student’s name, select his/her gender and begin selecting comments from three separate tabs: introduction, effort and final. Clicking on comments automatically relocates them to your quick report pad where you can customize them by adding (or subtracting) more information about your students’ progress.

To give you a feel for the language, we’ve listed a few comments below:

  • Pupil name is a reserved member of the group who displays a quiet interest in the subject

  • Pupil name always listens carefully and puts full effort into tasks

  • The progress Pupil name has shown this year has been hindered by attendance issues

  • Pupil name puts considerable effort into his work but doesn't plan out his tasks in sufficient detail.

While we do find this application helpful, you’ll still need to finesse the default comments. Take the last comment as an example: We know that the pupil “puts considerable effort into his work,” but we’ll need more information about what tasks he doesn’t plan out in detail and what steps he might take to accomplish this.

While a basic account is free for 24 hours, upgrading (for $1.25/month) gives you access to a larger comment bank which includes access to over 16,000 comments. 

If you’re looking for more information on how you can write more effective report cards, you might be interested in one of our recent blogs, 5 tips for writing clear and constructive report card comments or check out Susan Shafer’s book, Writing Effective Report Card Comments.


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Tags: engaging students, report card comments, apps for educators, apps for teachers, student engagement, effective feedback

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