With that being said, this is an area I struggle with. It is so difficult to find time to keep 30+ students' parents informed, as well as do the rest of my teacherly duties. So, in an effort to TRY and keep the lines of communication open, I created my Weekly Report that I have been using for the past...gosh...10 years!
|Click here to take you to the FREE document on Teachers Pay Teachers|
|Here is a sample from a few years ago.|
These reports then get cut in half, glued into the student Planners, are taken home with all of the week's work, and come back on Monday signed by Mom or Dad. Easy Peezy.
I usually fill these out while the students are taking their Friday quizzes (yes, I am one of those mean teachers who gives a math and language arts quiz each Friday ;) ) It takes me about 20 minutes to fill in 30 of them...a teeny bit more time last year when I had 36 students. If for some reason I don't give a quiz, I will gladly stay in at recess to do them. (They are THAT important to me that I will give up my precious break!)
The best part about them is that since I have begun doing this, I NEVER EVER EVER get a parent on report card day who isn't aware of what grade their child will be getting. Conferences are short and sweet, and everyone leaves "happy" (well, some parents are happy, but they aren't surprised ;) )