Tis the season! Report card season, that is. I am currently drowning in a sea of assessments, grades, marks, band scales, and report cards. Our first quarter ends tomorrow, and our reports are due on Sunday.
I have already had one experience with report cards as a "real teacher". Three weeks into school, we had to give each student a 3-sentence comment and mark their behaviour and effort on a 4-point scale (unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, outstanding). I couldn't believe how early these reports were expected.
This report card is similar - I must give each student a letter for their behaviour and effort (2 separate marks), a 300 words or less comment, and a GRADE. This is my first time giving an actual grade. If you have been following my blog, you may remember that I have two different systems of grading occurring simultaneously (read more about Best Sustained Performance vs. Level of Achievement here!).
With some of my classes, the grades will be easy. With others, perhaps I haven't been doing enough assessment along the way. I had a summative test today and will be having another tomorrow in a different class... talk about leaving it to the last minute! I still must grade these tests before I can even start their reports.
I am stressed to the maximum at the moment. It's currently 5:15 p.m. and I'm eating dinner at school, writing a blog post to procrastinate. I'm planning on staying here until I absolutely have a few things crossed off the giant To Do list I recently printed. This list is now sitting between my computer and my keyboard, simply staring at me.
The one thing that is keeping me going? Once I'm done these report cards, I will be 1/4 of the way through my first year of teaching. That's crazy! The year is flying by, and fairly soon I'll be done my first year of teaching.
Please, veteran teachers, any advice for report cards or the stress I'm feeling? I'm sensing a long, long weekend ahead of me.
To end on a positive note, here's a picture of the ladies of the Creative Arts Department on Halloween this year! (L-R music [me], drama, art, and art). We're hoping to do Grease as our musical this year, hence our costumes!