I don't know about you, but in the elementary school where I teach writing report card comments takes a lot of work. It takes weeks of reflection, review, and careful crafting of words. But, I guess when you only have a five-inch line and a pen as your comment tools, there just isn't that much to say. Here are seven years (my eighth grade report card seems to be missing) of report card comments. I bet I can type them faster than it takes me to write one report card comment for one of my second graders! I am not meaning to be critical of my teachers - only pointing out how different things are now.
Maryann is a pleasure!!
Maryann is doing 100% work!!! (Notice how I improved as shown by the extra exclamation point.)
It has been my pleasure working with you and Maryann.
Maryann is a very good worker but tends to be too serious. (I'm pretty sure this isn't a good thing!!)
Maryann seems much more relaxed.
Everything is fine! Maryann is working very well.
Maryann has been a pleasure to teach.
Despite a few bouts with illness, Maryann has kept up in her work and is doing a very good job.
I am pleased with Maryann's work.
Maryann is a good student.
Marianne is a pleasure to teach. (And apparently I changed the spelling of my name.)
Marianne helped to make this year a pleasant one for me! (Glad I could be of service!)
Maryann is a joy to teach and to know. (Usually I'm a pleasure to teach, but OK, I'll be a joy this year.)
Maryann continues to do very well.
Maryann adds much to the spirit of the class.
Maryann has been a joy all year. (Whew! I was going for a record - one full year of joy!)
No comments...Maybe they were on another piece of paper? Or maybe I was just not that memorable!
Maryann is a pleasant and industrious student.
God bless you, Maryann! Happy summer :) (Two exclamation points and a smile - the original smile emoticon)
So, I didn't find much out about me by reading my old report card comments. I did discover I got a "C" in religion in first grade - what is THAT? I really don't get C's, but I don't think my religion teacher knew that during the first marking period of first grade (She switched to B's for the rest of the year.) So I do have some questions for my elementary teachers. I wonder where they are these days and if they're taking appointments!!
One thing I did learn is that I will NOT be using pleasure or pleasant in any of my report cards comments this year, for sure!!