On writing reports… There has to be a better way #rethinkreports

Love this post! The current report format for most secondary schools belongs to another time. A time that belongs to the past. Why do we keep doing it? Why do we waste so much time churning out sanitised comments that mean very little to the parents and student? Why??????

There is a better way. You just need someone smart enough to find it.

Teaching the Teacher

Today marks one of the best parts of term 4 for a teacher.

Finishing the first draft of reports.

Like most schools, the reports contain a mixture of check boxes and general statements in different subjects along with general comments and goals for the next year.

I started drafting my comments back in mid-April so to get to this point took a month. The reports then need to be proof-read, checked and the data entered into the learning management system.

That’s not counting the time in class I devote to assessing kids for the purposes of report writing and then analyzing those as sources of data.

It’s a lot of work.

And the worst part of the process?

By the time the reports are actually published in June, most of the statements will be out of date.

Each report represents months of work yet will be read for just 10-15 minutes…

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