Posted by Stevan K| December 29, 2020
After a particularly challenging year of preparing for and enduring virtual lessons, getting in the right headspace to write report cards can be tough for a lot of teachers. Unfortunately, it’s an essential part of the job.
Report cards are essential tools that help students and their parents gauge the progress that has been made over the course of the school year. They provide great insight into the areas in which students excel and where improvement is needed. Report card comments allow teachers to provide valuable insight into a student’s progress and expand on why students received the grades they did. But writing teacher report card comments can be time-consuming and stressful.
Here are a few practical tips to help you get through this report card season.
Procrastination is the killer of productivity. The more you procrastinate on writing report cards, the more stressed out you’ll feel as your submission deadline inches closer. Lead by example and practice what you preach to your students by setting yourself up for success and getting a good head start on your work. That way, you have more time to double and triple check your grade and comment submissions well before the deadline.
Giving yourself plenty of time to work on your report card submissions allows you to have more time to rest and focus on other school-related tasks as well. Teaching can take a lot out of you, but the reward of passing knowledge onto your impressionable students is worth it. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you stay awake and improve your focus, so that you can tackle the task at hand with a clear head.
It’s easy to get distracted by your surroundings if you’re working in a cluttered or noisy environment. Choose a comfortable, quiet, and generally clean area to work in, so that your senses won’t easily get distracted by the things or people around you.
Digital or handwritten checklists are a great tool to help teachers stay on top of the never-ending list of tasks they have to complete before the end of the school year. Whether it’s meeting with parents, creating assignments, grading papers, or writing report card comments, the list of things never seems to end. Ticking off each item from your list can give an unparalleled feeling of satisfaction while also ensuring that you’re completing each task in a timely manner.
Many teachers may be considered role models in the eyes of their students, but even the best educators need a little bit of extra support from time to time. Generic comment banks consist of common comment ideas for report cards that can help speed up the process.
Consisting of over 1,800 teacher comments and remarks, the Teacher Report Card Comment Collection from TIMESAVERS for TEACHERS is an easy-to-use downloadable interactive resource that teachers can use to minimize their time spent writing report card comments. We also offer a variety of other time-saving teacher resources including The Teacher’s Binder, Substitute Teacher Instructions Kit, and Classroom Awards.