Arghhhhhh! I did it! I actually survived my first ever go at report writing! And what a relief that is (it's still in the editing process though, so not relaxing just yet).
You see, there is so much more to report writing than I ever even realised. Obviously I knew I had to assess students and then write about it.
What I didn’t realise was….
- how rushed I would feel to make sure I had covered the whole curriculum and assessed each indicator for the reports.
- the fact that different schools have different criteria for how they like their reports written.
- how hard it is to come up with a different way to say the same thing for 22 children.
-how little space/few words you have to brag about all the amazing things your individual kids have learnt.
-how much more space there seems to be when you’re not quite sure what to say.
- how happy I’d be to submit them for editing.
If you’re just starting out at report writing yourself my advice would be…
- Take it one comment at a time.
- Gather as many examples of previous reports from your school as you can.
- Have someone from your school read over 2-3 of your first attempts and get feedback so you know you're on the right track.
- Edit and reedit. It doesn’t have to be worded perfectly on the first write.
- Breathe… You can do this!
Any other teachers out there got report writing advice they swear by?