Ahhh...procrastination. It can be a true form of art. Instead of getting ahead and actually finishing report card comments, I am now creating an organizer to help keep report card comments organized and easier to utilize next year. It's a gift I tell you.
But seriously, I had a little idea this morning that I think will be very helpful for me next year!! And I wanted to share it with my lovely friends--you!
Our school uses an online program to enter report card scores and comments. It's a pretty easy system (and sure beats all those years of writing them by hand!). The comment part always takes me the longest of course. I tend to be really long-winded. I even have the comments down to a science by word count now, so I don't run over and off of the page!
So, for comments, the trickiest parts tend to be Trimesters 2 and 3, since I have to refer back to what I wrote previously. I always keep Word documents labeled for each trimester, with the comments for each student. Once I have read, reread, and rereread, I copy and paste them to the online system. They look kind of like this, except with actual names and comments...
By Trimester 3, it is a bit of pain to go back and forth between two previous Word documents to see what I've written.
So I made a little At-A-Glance Report Card Comment Organizer. All I have to do now is take my previously-written comments and past them into the table like so...
Now I have a little reference sheet for each student and I can quickly look back to see what I've written in the past!
I'm thinking next year I will just type right into this organizer, then paste it into the online system.
I am sharing the template shown above, as well as one with four quarters. I really hope you can use one of them, though I know your thoughts are probably not on report card comments right now!!!
The files are in Powerpoint and you can type right into the tables. If you would like the same font, it is My Own Topher by Kevin and Amanda fonts. To type a student name, you will just need to add a text box. Here are the files...
And...do you have trimesters or quarters? Do you use a computer system for your report cards? Do you have to use certain comments that have been pre-selected (I've seen that somewhere before) or can you write what you would like for comments? I always love hearing how different schools do things! Thanks so much for visiting and talk to you again soon! :)