That dreaded time of year has arrived yet again…report cards! It should get easier every year but we are finding that it is getting more difficult. We teach a very well educated demographic of parents who are generally very concerned about the grade 4/5 report card because after all it could change the course of their child’s life right? They read into every comment likes it’s a secret code. Well, in a way they actually have become so. When was the last time you were able to actually say what you mean on the report card? Pull out your tattered thesaurus and get your wordsmithing skills sharpened and get writing. Here are some examples:
What you say: Your child continues to work on persevering through difficult tasks to demonstrate their understanding.
What you want to say: Your child gives up too easily.
What you say: Your child would benefit from taking the time to produce higher quality work.
What you want to say: Your child’s work is a disaster and looks like it went through the dishwasher.
What you say: Your child would benefit from expanding on their ideas and adding more details in their work to produce higher quality work.
What you want to say: Your child is lazy.
What you say: Your child has difficulties collaborating with others in group work settings.
What you want to say: Your child is bossy and a big meany. Quite frankly, no one wants to work with your child…and I don’t blame them!
What you say: Your child would benefit from developing a plan to organize and structure his work.
What you want to say: Your child would lose his own head if it wasn’t attached to his shoulders.
What have you wanted to REALLY say on your report cards but have had to use your wordsmithing skills to beat around the bush? Share some examples with us in the comments below.