When teachers talk about the joys of teaching, I’m pretty sure they aren’t talking about report card writing. It may just rank right up there with indoor recess, yard duty, and staff meetings. But report cards don’t have to be such a pain.
Here are a few report card general principles, followed by my handy dandy list of editable go-to phrases…
Three Report Card Comment Principles
1. Be Truthful but Kind
A report card’s main purpose is to inform parents about their child’s progress. While there should be no major surprises (BIG issues should have already been discussed with the child’s parents), regardless of how well the child is doing or how poorly, the report card should be an honest reflection of that child’s performance.
Having said that, of course, we want to word things in a way that is as positive as we can be and in a way that is encouraging, offering suggestions for improvement, rather than discouragement.
2. Follow the Magical Report Card Comment Format
If the child is doing well overall… you are golden!!! An easy report card is one that I LOVE to do. Unfortunately, not all kids are Einsteins or angels, and we have to mention some areas that need improvement. That’s when we use the magical format, which is…
A. Start with a compliment…you might have to dig deep here but get creative, while still being genuine (Okay, you might have to really reach for one sometimes, not gonna lie). Seriously though, every child has attributes we can praise, even the most challenging kids.
B. Next, add a line or two about what is challenging the child, how he/she struggles in a certain area, and do make sure to offer a solution or suggestion that is practical and helpful.
C. End on a positive note. Again, a compliment is a nice touch any time of the year and for the end of the year report card, a best wishes for ____ grade or have a wonderful summer, or I’m so glad to have been ____’s teacher this year, and so on works well.
3. Proofread and Check, then Proofread Again
Report card time is crunch time and when we’re trying to speed through things and get them done, those nasty little typos pop up where we least expect them.
Do make sure to double-check everything before you hit print and send them home. All communication to parents is seen as a reflection of ourselves as teachers and should be as perfect as we can make it.
Now that the principles are out of the way, here is my list of 100 report card comments. I’ve included a wide variety of comments for the wide variety of ability levels and behavioral challenges of the kids that we teach in our classrooms.
- I have truly enjoyed being _‘s teacher and will miss him/her next year.
- _ is making good/excellent/outstanding progress in grade.
- _ has done a(n)/fantastic/exemplary/wonderful job this year in _ grade and has worked so very hard.
- I appreciate _‘s quality work/motivation to do well/attitude and have enjoyed being his/her teacher.
- _ is intelligent but works below his/her capacity/potential due to a lack of motivation/attention to quality work.
- _ succeeds at whatever task he/she puts his/her mind to.
- I am so proud of _ and wish him/her well for grade and beyond.
- _ has worked very hard this year and I am proud of all of his/her accomplishments.
- _ has strengthened his/her skills in _.
- _ is respectful to his/her classmates and is very well-liked.
- I am concerned about _‘s organizational skills and his/her responsibility related to turning in assignments on time.
- _ sets high standards for himself/herself and reaches them.
- _ is helpful and kind and is a pleasure to be around.
- _ has done well in many areas but I am concerned that his/her lack of listening/focus/motivation and following directions/working independently/working quietly has contributed to his lower grade in _.
- _ has made good/excellent/outstanding progress in all academic areas.
- _ is bright, motivated, and hardworking and can be proud of his/her accomplishments this year.
- Unfortunately, _‘s grades have suffered from missing assignments.
- _ is gaining confidence in _ but would benefit from _.
- _ follows classroom rules consistently and is a good role model.
- Please encourage _ to _ each day to help him/her improve in _.
- _ has a positive attitude and is a joy to teach.
- _ seems to find _ challenging and would benefit from reading nightly/practicing math facts/working online…
- _ is a(n) awesome/wonderful/fabulous grader and I have enjoyed getting to know him/her this year.
- _ is capable of achieving a higher grade in but needs to _ in order to make progress.
- _ excels in creative/narrative/opinion writing.
- _ produces stories/essays/paragraphs that are well-organized/well developed.
- _ has strong reading comprehension skills.
- seems to have difficulty at times with reading comprehension and would benefit from _.
- _ has made great improvement in the area of _.
- _ works well with other students.
- _ not only works well with his/her classmates but is a natural leader.
- _ is intrinsically motivated and strives to please.
- _ is doing an excellent/outstanding/wonderful/fantastic/great job overall this year.
- _ enjoys participating in-class lessons and his/her background knowledge adds a great deal to our discussions.
- _ is very compassionate and is always kind to others.
- _ is a creative student and I have enjoyed seeing the wonderful writing/art projects/drawings he/she has created/written.
- _ is on task regardless of the activity.
- _ seems to enjoy school and his/her positive attitude brightens up our classroom.
- _ listens attentively to directions, and I appreciate his/her ability to start work right away.
- _ is a very polite student and is a joy to teach.
- _ struggles with following classroom rules, and needs to focus on working quietly/staying in his/her seat…
- _ is very talkative during quiet working periods and distracts others around him/her.
- Working quietly is very difficult for _ , and I would like him/her to focus on his/her work, so that he/she, as well as others around him/her, are able to attend to the task at hand/learn more effectively…
- _ has an excellent attitude and is always willing to lend a hand.
- _ is a wonderful helper and a classroom leader.
- _ shows interest and enthusiasm for classroom activities and seems to enjoy learning.
- _ is polite to classmates and to all adults on staff at school.
- _ is a problem solver and shows a great deal of persistence.
- _ enjoys being challenged and would benefit from _.
- _ completes his/her work carefully and completely.
- I appreciate _‘s neat work, that is carefully done.
- _ needs to slow down, in order to produce quality/carefully done work.
- _ struggles with organizational skills in the classroom and needs to keep his/her desk neater, in order to make his/her day run more smoothly.
- _ struggles to find needed papers/materials and would benefit from using a folder/a binder/keeping a neater desk.
- _ is very organized and finds the needed materials easily.
- _ displays good citizenship in our classroom.
- has worked hard to raise his/her grade in _ and I appreciate his/her effort.
- _ has a strong work ethic and never completes any assignment halfway.
- _ has learned a great deal this year and has shown particular improvement in .
- _ needs to memorize his/her basic math facts in order to complete complex math problems more easily.
- _ would benefit from _ to fully memorize basic math facts.
- Memorizing basic addition/multiplication math facts would be very helpful to _.
- _ shows special strengths in the area of social studies/science and has done very well this trimester/year.
- Science/social studies tests have been very difficult for _ , and he/she would benefit from increasing the time spent studying the material.
- _ seems to enjoy science/social studies and has done an excellent job this year.
- _ needs to listen and follow directions carefully during class time.
- _ pays attention to detail in his/her assignments and I appreciate the high quality of his/her work.
- _ is very responsible and turns assignments/homework in on time.
- _ uses higher-level thinking skills to complete challenging assignments.
- _ is an active participant in small group, as well as whole-class discussions.
- _ is truly eager to learn and asks questions appropriately when needed.
- _ has a good sense of theme/the main idea/characters/plot/inferences, which strengthens his/her reading ability.
- _ reads smoothly and with good expression.
- _ is able to use data from graphs and charts/use a compass successfully/convert measurements correctly.
- This trimester, I would like to work on _.
- _ uses reading strategies such as _ effectively, which increases his/her reading comprehension.
- _ has a large vocabulary, which adds to his/her ability to write effectively.
- _ shows strong knowledge in the area of _.
- _ is able to share appropriate and relevant information, which adds to classroom discussions.
- _ consistently puts forth his/her best effort in _ , which is wonderful to see.
- _ arrives at school each day with a happy attitude, ready to learn.
- _ has exceeded expectations in the area of _.
- _ works independently and is able to complete enrichment activities when he/she is finished with the required assignments.
- _ is able to focus and stays on task during independent working times.
- I have enjoyed _‘s sense of humor in our classroom.
- _ has a wonderful personality and his/her sense of humor makes me smile.
- _ is an excellent _ grader, and he/she has made our classroom a better place.
- _ uses class time constructively.
- _ is a flexible learner and adapts easily to new challenges.
- This trimester, I would like _ to focus on _ in order to _.
- _ always uses his/her time wisely.
- _ turns in work that is beautifully done.
- _ needs lots of repetition and practice in order to retain _.
- _ enjoys poetry/reading/music/science/art… and excels in it.
- _ is an attentive student and is working well in all subject areas.
- I would like to see pay closer attention to _ in order to _.
- _ is a very talented artist, and I truly enjoy the passion he/she puts into his/her artwork.
- I have truly enjoyed getting to know _ and wish him/her the very best in grade and beyond.
- I have enjoyed having _ in our class this year and will truly miss him/her as he/she moves on to _ grade.
- _ is a very special student and one that I will never forget. I will miss him/her next year.
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