Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Keep It Simple: Report Card Comments!

It is report card season around our neck of the woods. In Beth's life this always incites a bit of panic. I’m currently in the land of last minute score inputs, retesting those border kiddos and thinking “How did that ONE kiddo not take Unit 3 wayyyyyy back in November!”

Anyways,  I like to include a brief narrative for each parent describing areas of strength and room for growth. However, some over-achiever part of my brain takes control and starts writing an entire page-long novel for each kid!

Realizing how increadibly time consuming and insane this was, I appealed for help! A teammate of mine suggested using 2x4 shipping labels to print comments on! This was PERFECT for me! It limited what I could I say, while still allowing enough space to get my message across! Plus, I can tiny up the font for those I-just-have-to-say-more  kiddos!
Tip: I've found Calibri size 11 font gets the job done for most kiddos! 

These labels come in two columns, which is perfect! I want two copies of each comment. This way, I can stick one to the student’s report card and save one for records. I type one comment on the left and copy it to the sticker on the right!  Easy-peasy lemon squeezy report card comments!

And, it works out perfect if you have electronic report cards! Zangle anyone? The sticker fits right into this empty space!

Sorry about the low quality pictures! I only had my iPad and a certain someone was acting attention deprived and ruining the “photo shoot.”

I hope your week is off to an amazing start!! 


Ms. Smith said...

I love this idea! I am always writing notes on the actual printed report card and it ends up taking over. haha. I will definitely have to use this next time.

Ms. Smith
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laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Great idea! =)
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Jodi said...

Our principal just started requiring us to use labels on our report cards this year. I think it's a great idea :) Thanks for sharing. Of course, now I'm having anxiety because I have to have my report cards done by Friday.

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Kelley Cirrito said...

I love myself some great labels! I think I have become addicted! I don't know where you get help for that! ;)

Sandy said...

What a great idea! Thank you!!! Love the picture of your dog! :) Have a great night!

Mrs. Nunley said...

Great idea! Your dog is precious!

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Haley said...

I had to pass this along to you ladies because I chuckled when I read this email. I received an email from our school improvement coach with a link to your blog and some of your activities! I was very tempted to email her back and say, sorry, I beat you to it, but I didn't! All this blog-stalking pays off!

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A Teacher's Treasure said...

I LOVE your dog!!! Mine refuses to pose! Such a great picture! The tip genius! I dread handwriting comments!!!

Thank you so much for the support!!!! You are so kind to me! I appreciate it & you!

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Randi said...

Your dog is such a cutie! Thanks for the report card tip. Those little notes are always so tricky!

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The Bubblegum Tree said...

Such a great idea! Sooo much better than writing them by hand. Love you blog. Congrats on 100+ followers! Bummed I missed your great giveaway but glad I found you now : ) I'm a new follower. Thanks for stopping by The Bubblegum Tree!

Mrs. Davis said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am so happy to have found yours! :)

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