This brief article on the Today's Parent blog offers the parent perspective on report cards, which can be both needed by and useful to teachers. The anecdotes shared here are a great reminder that report cards can and should be effective communication and recording tools, not confusing or generic.
It is said that there is truth in all humor and that is definitely the case with this humorous post on the Ironic Mom blog. While I would NOT recommend sharing this one with parents, it is worth reading and sharing with fellow teachers. It’s a great example of using positive language...even in the most challenging situations!
This article for parents is perfect for printing and sharing, but also for preparing for parent-teacher conferences after report cards are distributed. The tips included here help parents maintain perspective on grades and report cards, set realistic academic goals for their children, and encourage their children to succeed.
I absolutely love this video by Sheila Jane Teaching! The tips and strategies she provides are logical and easy to implement. Most of all, she gives great examples of how to not only prepare families for report cards, but how to involve parents and students in the grading and reporting process.
This article receives an A+ for making it easier to add constructive comments to report cards. With comments organized by topic, (handwriting, behavior, etc.), the suggestions here make the comment section a breeze. The best part, however, just might be the handouts for parents. Especially useful for when a report card is less than stellar, the handouts explain that one grade does not reflect the whole child and how parents can assist their child to achieve.
The suggestions in The Positive Teacher blog post are excellent! The organizational and documentation strategies make preparing for report cards a smoother process, and the tips for adding comments are quite useful as well.
This EducationWorld article is a great way to take a new perspective on grade management and report cards. The success stories and suggestions of two teachers, make grade management and reporting not only easier, but also empowers students to be more responsible about their own acheivement.