(A Project of Society for International Education)
Professional Development Program 2007
Workshop Title: Writing Report Card Comments
Venue: iEARN Centre-Karachi
Grades are designed to define the student's progress and provide information about the skills that he/she has or has not acquired. Nevertheless, grades are often not detailed enough to give parents or the student him/herself a thorough understanding of what he/she has actually learned or accomplished (Wiggins, 1994; Hall, 1990).
Student’s parents are informed of their child’s progress throughout the academic year. Among the many ways, one is through the written progress reports. Report card comments are great ways of further explaining the grades a student receives. Despite the fact that schools have different policies concerning the report card's comments and format, most teachers are
required to include the written comments about the student's progress. Considering the number of students in each classroom, and the long time needed to complete each report card. Often at times, a teacher finds herself writing concise, personal, and informative comments, a daunting and challenging task.
This workshop is designed specifically to address this demanding need of a teacher’s job. The various session of the workshop focuses on helping teachers learn to use constructive vocabulary and how to frame phrases for effective report card comment. The session will also help the teachers to write General progress report card comments as well as specific subject comments. Each participant will also get a small booklet of sample report card comments for different subject areas. In addition participants will also get to use software for generating comments.
By the end of this workshop participants would be able to:
· Identify the purpose of reporting progress to parents
· Understand the importance of written feedback
· Types of vocabulary teachers can include in the comments
· Words and phrases that teachers should be cautious of using/ avoiding jargons and clichés
· Getting hands on experience of framing comments for commenting for specific students
· Providing the clear and precise picture of the student’s progress
· Reviewing phrases and wordings used for commenting on different subject areas
· Introduction to and hands on working on a software for creating report card comments.