Posted by Stevan K| April 26, 2021
Writing report card comments can be nothing short of a tedious and time-consuming task, but it’s also a core component of being a good educator. Here are some useful tips for coming up with comment ideas for report cards that can make the process a little easier.
Create a tangible plan of action or to-do list complete with specific goals or deadlines, so that you can cross items off your list as you go. This will help you keep track of your progress and ensure that all of the top priority tasks are getting done first. Moreover, you can keep track of which assignments have been graded and included in the report card. You should also carve out some time to take breaks, so you have fresh set of eyes when you get back to work.
Report card comment banks are a great timesaver for teachers. When the situation calls for it, it’s perfectly acceptable to use a generic comment as long as you mix in a few uniquely personal remarks as well. For inspiration, you can refer to the Report Card Comments Collection offered by TIMESAVERS for TEACHERS.
It can be easy to get super frustrated and overwhelmed when it comes down to crunch time and you feel like you still have a million things to do and not enough time to get it all done. As hard as this might be when you’re in the thick of things, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude and remind yourself why you’re doing this in the first place – to help shape the minds and thinking skills of your students.
This goes back to the subject of organization. Decide on a comment recording method that works for you and refer back to it as needed. It helps to create an Excel spreadsheet or a table in a Word document where you can record your top report card comment choices.
Every student is unique and it’s important to acknowledge their specific achievements in your report card comments. Categorizing report cards based on each student’s strengths and weaknesses will make it easier to decipher which comments are most appropriate for their specific circumstances. You can come up with generic comments for each grade, subject, or section and then personalize them as you enter them into the report card comment section.
Another great source of report card remark inspiration in Canada is reviewing comments from previous years. We’re not suggesting that you should copy and paste these comments directly, but you can use them to write entirely new comments using the same or a similar premise for your current students who are at the same skill level as your previous students.
TIMESAVERS for TEACHERS provides a wide range of useful downloadable resources to help teachers stay on task and maximize their time. Featuring over 1,800 commonly used report card remarks in Canada, our Report Card Comments Collection is one of our top-selling products. We also offer these other great resources that can make report card writing a lot easier for teachers of all grade levels: The Teacher’s Binder, Substitute Teacher Instruction Kit, and Classroom Awards. Contact us today to learn more.