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The PDM Project*

As one contributor points out, remember: "My main advice about report card comments is to
tell the truth."

Definitions:
Attributes, Strengths, Skills, Personality, Attitude, Behavior

Equation: positive + negative = great comment


Bill excels in science. He needs more opportunities to develop his friendship skills.
Leslie is friendly and well- She would benefit from practicing her reading fluency and
liked. comprehension skills.

MATRIX of POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES


Adjective Noun Phrase Negative
Able
Accurate
Active, Participative Meek, shy, reserved
Adaptable, Flexible, Adaptibility,
Holistic, Versatile, Flexibility, Versatility
Well-rounded
Aggressive
Ambitious, Goal- Ambition, Goal
oriented
Articulate, Eloquent, Eloquence Good speaking or
Fluid communication skills;
oral and written
Artistic
Audacious, Bold, Audacity, Boldness,
Tough Toughness
Attentive
Bodily-kinesthetic
Brave
Calm, Peaceful Calmness, Peace
Capable
Charismatic Charisma Undeniable charisma
Charitable Charity Parasitic
Cheerful
Confident Comfortable with her
own skin
Conscientious
Considerate Consideration
Consistent Consistency
Cooperative
Courteous Courtesy Gracious Courtesy
Curious
Creative Thinks outside the
box
Dependable
Dexter, Dexterous Dexterity Likes to tinker

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Detail-oriented Pays attention to
details
Determined Determination
Disciplined Discipline
Driven Drive
Eager
Efficient
Energetic, Dynamo
Enthusiastic, Vibrant Enthusiasm, Vibrancy
Excellent Excellence
Fair
Focused Good concentration
skills
Friendly, Sociable Sociability, Popularity Relates well to her
peers
Generous Generosity Heroic generosity
Happy
Honest Honesty, Integrity, Unmistakable
Credibility integrity, impeccable
integrity
Humble Humility Takes pride in work
well done
Imaginative
Independent, Self- Independence, Self-
reliant reliance
Industrious
Intelligent
Interested
Involved Involvement
Hard-working Perseverance,
Industry
Helpful
Honest Intellectual honesty
Keen
Kindhearted
Leader
Listener
Mature
Musically-gifted
Neat Neatness
Observant
Open-minded Open-mindedness
Orderly Orderliness
Passion Burning and undying
passion
Peace-loving,
Peacemaker
Pleasant Pleasant disposition
and personality
Polite
Positive, Optimistic Positivity, Optimism
Proactive Initiative, Motivation

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Prompt, Punctual, Punctuality
On-Time
Respectful
Responsible
Results-oriented
Role model, Paragon Positive and good
role model
Self-confident
Self-disciplined
Sensitive Sensitivity Genuine concern for
others
Sincere Sincerity
Smart, Wise Wisdom Streetsmart,
booksmart
Receptive Receptive to
feedback
Resilient Resiliency
Respectful, Civil, Respect,
Diplomatic
Responsible
Resourceful
Results-oriented
Self-reliant
Stamina
Studious
Talented Performer
Team player Teamwork
Thorough
Thoughtful
Tolerant Tolerant
Trainable Trainability
Vibrant Enthusiasm
Well-mannered
Willing Willingness
Wit, Sense of Humor
Zeal Ardent and prudent
zeal

ATTRIBUTES and SKILLS


has / demonstrates / is strong in / is especially good at / shows strength in / exemplary /
admirable / desirable / inspiring / has a great potential in / has an excellent / shows prowess
in / shines in the ____ department / champions in the ___ arena / effortlessly triumphs in
excels in / manifested excellence in / is a budding / is promising in the field of / is driven to
excel in /demonstrates superior work in /

Appearance and Poise


maintains proper hygiene
observe proper and appropriate grooming

Communication or speaking skills


speaks in good sentences

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expresses ideas clearly

speaks clearly

has difficulty using (pronouns, verbs) correctly - enjoys dramatization

enjoys participation in conversation and discussion - expresses ideas clearly

has a good oral vocabulary

takes turns talking

speaks with confidence to the group

mature vocabulary

adept with the English language

exhibits good negotiation and debate skills

is learning to be a better listener

has good organization of thoughts

Independence and self-reliance


can work independently on directed tasks
can work conscientiously on independent directed tasks
finds it hard to work independently on directed tasks
can work independently on directed tasks but can be distracted
can work independently on directed tasks but is easily distracted and can distract
others
sometimes finds it hard to work independently on directed tasks
can usually work independently on directed tasks
has become more independent in working on directed tasks
makes perceptive contributions to guided group activities
student is able to work independently, asking for assistance only when needed
student is able to work independently and with confidence
student is able to work independently and takes pride in work done well

Intrapersonal skills and outlook in life


is a good citizen and has a heart of gold
continuously seeks challenges
is always motivated in class
showing interest and enthusiasm
independent
receptive to feedback

is eager to learn

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student is an enthusiastic learner
student demonstrates a keen enthusiasm for learning
has a very sunny and positive attitude at the start of the day. It inspires me and the
other kids really love having him/her in the class

bubbly personality

reflective

Interpersonal, people or social skills and Social development


makes friends quickly and is well-liked by her peers
has a delightful sense of humor
exhibits collaborative skills

cooperates well

enthusiastically participates

works well with her neighbors

is charitable and helps others

manifests concern for others

builds relationships through gestures and talk


takes turns and shares with adult support
works as part of a group or class, taking turns and sharing fairly
forms good relationships with adults and peers
understands that there need to be agreed values, and codes of behavior for groups of
people including adults and children, to work together harmoniously
understands that people have different needs, views, cultures and beliefs with respect
takes into account the ideas of others
student is a cooperative, friendly and cheerful member of our class
is an exceptional team player

Leadership skills
demonstrates leadership skills
has a high sense of volunteerism, volunteers often
demonstrates initiative
has fast and efficient decision skills
effectively manages times and tasks
has a clear definition of priority
demonstrates control and follow-up
has effective organizational skills
has shown leadership potentials

Psychomotor skills
is learning to occupy his time constructively

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is learning to occupy his time constructively

does neat, thorough work


neat and orderly
has good fine-motor skills
exhibits creativity and artistry in her works

Responsibility
can be very helpful and dependable in the classroom

is becoming more dependable during work periods

is developing a better attitude toward ___ grade

asks for responsibilities and follows through

working to full capability

is learning to occupy his time constructively

always uses time wisely

listens and follows directions well student


is a very conscientious student
puts excellent thought and neatness into daily work
student demonstrates a conscientious attitude and a willingness to put effort into
daily work
student is able to assume responsibility to follow directions when they are given
student listens to and follows directions accurately and promptly
student follows directions promptly and accurately

Sense of Cooperation and Industry


student is able to demonstrate responsible behavior by working cooperatively with a
group and showing appreciation for the efforts of others
student is willing to share, to cooperate in a group setting, to voice feelings and
opinions and to listen to the opinions of others
student helps to maintain a cooperative working environment by interacting
appropriately and by accepting a share of the responsibility for completing a task
student is able to participate in cooperative team effort when working with a small group
student is attentive during lessons and is willing to contribute ideas
student is attentive during lessons and is willing to answer questions
student is attentive in class and willingly participates in group discussion
student is attentive in class and is a thoughtful and willing participant in group discussion

Social Sensitivity and Emotional intelligence


expresses needs and feelings in appropriate ways
responds to significant experiences, showing a range of feelings when appropriate
has a developing awareness of own needs, views and feelings and is sensitive to the
needs, views and feelings of others
has a developing respect for own culture and beliefs and those of other people

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considers the consequences of words and actions for self and others
understands what is right, what is wrong, and why
displays a strong and positive sense of self-identity and is able to express a range of
emotions fluently and appropriately

Thinking skills
has admirable comprehension skills
has concentration skills
has impressive attention span
exhibits critical-thinking skills
is a clear thinker
is an analytical thinker
is a problem solver
has an orderly mind

STATING PROGRESS and IMPROVEMENT


has developed a positive attitude toward

has been consistently progressing in

has improved steadily in

has advanced in ...


has demonstrated a desire to ...
has shown steady progress in ...
has shown noticeable improvement in ...
has demonstrated increased social skills, such as ...

has shown strong growth in

has improved steadily in


has been consistently progressing in
has shown a good attitude about trying to improve in

has gained more self-confidence

has strengthened her skills in


has shown an encouraging desire to better herself in
has made nice progress this reporting period
has strengthened her skill in _______
is continuing to grow in independence
is showing enthusiasm for ...
is gaining academic skills, such as ...
is developing consistent work habits, such as
is learning to ...
is becoming self-reliant.
is developing concentration skills
is gaining self-confidence

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is becoming a good listener
is occupying his/her time constructively
is learning English speaking and/or writing skills
is learning to listen to directions more carefully
is learning to demonstrate responsibility by beginning and completing tasks promptly
without needing frequent reminders
is learning to demonstrate responsibility by beginning and completing tasks promptly
without needing frequent reminders
is learning to anticipate the consequences of actions
is learning to react in more socially appropriate ways
is developing more positive ways to interact with others
is learning to be cooperative when working in groups
is continuing to grow in independence
is learning to be careful
is maturing nicely, and I hope this continues
seems eager to improve
is making steady progress academically
his or her quality of work is improving
would improve if he developed a greater interest in _______
______'s classroom attitude shows improvement

_____'s work habits are improving

now accepts responsibility well

has shown considerable improvement in the past few weeks

is developing his/her language skills adequately/well/ very well/ extremely well

has improved significantly this term/ year

STATING ATTAINMENT or ACHIEVEMENT


is an able child who has made excellent general progress. She has outstanding
ability in maths. and has made good general progress in literacy and maths.
is making steady progress in literacy and has started to enjoy ~ growing
achievements in maths.
has benefited from reading recovery lessons
ability is growing to work independently on directed tasks although ^ is easily
distracted and often distracts others.
has made good general progress in literacy and maths.
lacks confidence and is dependent on continuous support and encouragement to
achieve at the level he is capable of.
has made progress in literacy and hopefully will be assessed soon for any special
needs.
has potentially outstanding ability in maths and science which will develop when #
has become more independent in directed learning.
is capable of achieving more. I am sure ^ will fulfill ~ potential if ^ can develop a
more independent attitude to his learning.
Has tried hard to focus carefully on listening tasks and this is reflected in improved
results.

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Kate has achieved a high level of reading and I am very pleased with her.
Has gained in confidence considerably in reading tasks this term.
There has been noticeable improvement in _______'s study habits this year. Please
continue to work on these skills over the summer.

_______ is a fine citizen and a hard worker. I have thoroughly enjoyed having him in
my class this year. Have a wonderful summer.

_______ has matured nicely this year. His progress during this last quarter was
impressive. I hope this effort and attitude will carry over into the next school year.

STATING NEGATIVES and NEED for ASSISTANCE


needs help to increase academic skills, such as ...

lacks independence

demonstrates a need for consistent effort and motivation, especially in ...

requires help with organizational skills, such as ...

could benefit from ...

needs to be encouraged to comply with school rules, such as ...

demonstrates a need for improved social interaction skills, such as ...

could benefit from improving his/her work habits, such as ...

needs to be encouraged to listen and pay attention in class

needs help to understand instructions

requires repetition to retain information

needs encouragement to do work on his/her own

demonstrates a need for direct supervision to complete work

needs to be encouraged to work more slowly and accurately

would benefit from supervision of homework

requires support to interact with classmates in a positive way

would benefit from learning self-control skills

needs to be encouraged to accept responsibility for his/her errors and/or misbehavior

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needs to demonstrate improvement in academic work if he/she is to gain the
fundamentals needed for this grade

The following suggestions might improve his ____.

is encouraged to use time wisely and so be able to complete tasks in the time
allotted
needs to show by the quality of assignments and the wise use of class time that he is
actively engaged in the learning process
needs frequent reminders to use time wisely
is encouraged to use socially appropriate language at all times
is encouraged to listen attentively during group sharing times and to remember to
raise his hand to speak
requires frequent reminders to be attentive during lessons and instructions
is encouraged to use socially appropriate language at all times
He/she talks excessively. It has been a major distraction for the other students.

Every time I ask him/her a question, I get very sarcastic answers. He has been
reprimanded several times for this.

He/she is having difficulty finding social acceptance because he/she is constantly


trying to be the center of attention. It appears that this is a turn-off for the other kids.

I have become increasingly concerned about his/her antics. While I understand that
middle school is a time for personal growth and transition, I do not believe that it is a
time for kids to become class clowns.

He/she has made very inappropriate comments about other teachers and
administrators. I am not sure what is fueling this, but it is becoming an issue.

is so into his/her appearance that he/she spends the entire class period grooming.
This is very distracting for the other children and it causes him/her to be very
unproductive.

His/her behavior in the halls has been appalling. _________________ has demonstrated
a disrespectful side recently that I have never seen in him/her before.

has been incredibly disrespectful toward the cafeteria staff. We cannot accept this
from him/her. Our cafeteria staff is an important part of our school community.

He/she has become a lot more frustrated when he/she doesn't grasp a concept. I'm
concerned about him/her not being able to channel that frustration in a more positive
way.

Standing on chairs is always a poor choice. He/she seems to enjoy trying to do tricks
with them during class time. Please express to him/her the importance of safety.

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I have to constantly remind him/her to use his/her "inside voice" as if he/she were in
elementary school because he/she constantly yells. I'm concerned that this could be
a hearing issue.

Every time he/she is required to work in a group, his groupmates try to vote him/her
out because he/she is not a good team player.

I am concerned that he/she is starting to gravitate toward a student that has a


history of behavior issues.

He/she loves making silly faces. It seems a bit immature to me and it is very
disturbing during class time.

I cannot leave him/her in the classroom when I leave out because he/she has become
"infamous" for starting debates and classroom paper fights.

It has been brought to my attention by some students that he/she has been
discussing home issues more and more. I am recommending him/her for counseling.

After several discussions with the school nurse, I have decided to recommend him for
counseling because of the issues that we are finding with his/her grooming.

He/she is completely infatuated with the new teacher's assistant. Please talk to
him/her about what is appropriate and what is an inappropriate conversation to have
with teachers.

RANDOM EXAMPLES of GENERAL REMARKS Short Version


is friendly and cooperative

has a good attitude towards school

is working well in all subjects

is becoming more self-reliant

is an attentive student

works too slowly

does not complete assignments in the allotted time. - seems unable to finish required
work

does colorful and interesting art work - is especially good at ______

requires too much supervision. Please encourage him to do things on his own.

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should be encouraged to _____

needs frequent encouragement

is maturing

makes little effort when not under direct supervision - often seems tired at school

is not very appreciative of the value of ( time, courtesy, sharing, neatness, accuracy)

shows initiative; thinks things through for himself! Here's an example.

_____'s attitude toward school is excellent.

Has the ability to follow directions.

Hand work is beautifully done.

Learns new vocabulary quickly.

Has a sense of humor and enjoys the stories we read.

Is a steadfast, conscientious worker.

Is very helpful about clean-up work around the room.

Anxious to please.

Brings fine contributions.

Has a pleasant disposition.


Works well.
Is hard-working.
Is pleasant and friendly.
Needs to increase speed and comprehension in reading.
Needs to apply skills to all written work.
Gets along well with other children.
Works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities.
Seems to be more aware of activities in the classroom.
Takes an active part in discussions pertinent to ___.
Accepts responsibility.
Extremely conscientious.
Bubbles over with enthusiasm.
Has a sense of humor we all enjoy.
Has an excellent attitude.
Work in the areas of ____ has been extremely good.
Is an enthusiastic worker during the ____ period.
Needs to work democratically with others in groups.

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Possible for ___ to exceed grade expectations.
Grasps new ideas readily.
Needs to develop a better sense of responsibility.
Enthusiastic about work in general.
Performs well in everything he undertakes.
Unusually mature.
Seeks information.
Doing strong work in all areas.
Is a good student who appears to be a deep thinker.
Must improve work habits if ___ is to gain the fundamentals needed for ___ grade
work.
_____'s academic success leaves much to be desired.
Handwriting needs to be improved.
Cooperative, well mannered.
Is a very happy, well-adjusted child, but ___.
Makes friends quickly and is well liked by classmates.
Cries easily.
Good worker and attentive listener.
Good adjustment.
Good attitude.
Capable of achieving a higher average in areas of ____.
Has difficulty retaining process of addition, etc.
Is inconsistent in his efforts, especially in ___.
Sacrificing accuracy for unnecessary speed in his written work.
Needs to listen to directions.
Never completes assignments in the allotted time.
Fails to finish independent assignments.
Would improve if he developed a greater interest in ___.
Comprehends well, but needs to work more quickly.
Needs to be urged.
Has had difficulty with learning ______ so in the coming term we will focus on ______
Enjoys participation in conversation and discussion
Has a good oral vocabulary
Speaks with confidence to the group
Shows self confidence in writing

is gaining more self-confidence

is maintaining grade-level expectations.

performs well in everything he undertakes

is doing strong work in all areas

should be encouraged to _____

needs frequent encouragement

exhibits creativity

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Is too easily distracted

Is becoming more self-reliant

Is an attentive student

All work is neatly and accurately done

Is a polite conscientious pupil

Is working above grade level in _________

Works too slowly

Does not complete assignments in the allotted time

Seems unable to finish required work

Is especially good at ______

Requires too much supervision.

Please encourage him to do things on his own.

Should be encouraged to _____

Needs frequent encouragement

Makes little effort when not under direct supervision

Often seems tired at school

Is not very appreciative of the value of ( time, courtesy, sharing, neatness, accuracy)

Shows initiative; thinks things through for himself/herself

This shows you are doing everything in your power to change the situation.

_____ has matured nicely this year, academically and socially.

He/She assumes responsibility well and has a find attitude.

Thanks for the help I know you have given her.

There has been a noticeable improvement in _____'s study habits this reporting
period, which very encouraging.

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Please continue during the summer with ___________ review and as many reading
experiences as possible.

___________ would benefit from reading many library books this summer.

He needs to improve his reading speed and comprehension if he is to have success in


the ________ grade.

If ___________ will put forth in the future the effort he has shown in the past two
reporting periods, he will receive a great deal from his schooling.

With __________'s ability to apply herself to each task, she should receive much
satisfaction from her school experiences.

_____________ continued to blossom as the year progressed.

_______________'s oral reading is very expressive and her oral reporting is excellent.

Although he has had some difficulty adjusting to our room and various duties, he
usually tries to cooperate.

_____________ has had some problems adjusting to our room, as you know from my
reports to you.

Many of her difficulties occur on the playground and she then carries a poor attitude
in the classroom.

This hurts her academically.

She is capable of much better work.

Although _____________'s growth in social maturity is continuing, it is not consistent.

She still needs guidance and support from both you and me.

she has made many fine contributions to our class and is an inspiration to her
classmates.

With ____'s friendly, cooperative attitude, she will always be a pleasant addition to
any class.

I have enjoyed the association I have had _____________.

His friendly, sincere way has made him a very popular member of the ___ grade.

Regardless of how busy _________ is, he still has time to do something nice for
someone. For this reason, he is one of the best-liked members of my class.

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She assumes responsibility well, excels on the playground and is well liked by her
peers.

She's helped to make my year a pleasant one.

She is a big help in seeing that our room looks clean and pleasant.

She has been most cooperative and only needs strengthening in social studies skills
to bring her up to ____ grade level.

___________ is a fine citizen and takes a keen interest in school.

I hope you enjoy your new home!

__________ takes a keen interest in all work and is most agreeable and a willing
worker. It has been wonderful having her in my room.

Works independently on assignments

Does good work

A pleasure to have around

Experiences difficulty following directions-when unsure needs to ask for questions

Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion

Needs better study skills

Requires incentives

Assignments/Homework incomplete/late

Needs to pay attention in class

Disruptive in class

Needs to improve classroom attitude

Failure to turn in make up work

Does not work up to his/her ability

Interrupts others

Gets upset easily

Work is not neat

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Disorganized

Assignments are not neat

Excessive talking

Needs to spend time on task

Does not put enough time into assignment

Needs to improve self discipline

Needs to improve respect for others______ has a pleasant personality


is a pleasure to have around
is friendly and cooperative
is a sweet and cooperative child
is a very happy, well-adjusted child, but _____
is self-confident and has excellent manners
has a sense of humor we all enjoy
has a sense of humor and enjoys the stories we read
often seems tired at school
Although _____________'s growth in social maturity is continuing, it is not consistent
displays an excellent attitude
______'s attitude toward school is excellent
has a good attitude toward school
assumes responsibility well and has a find attitude
shows initiative and thinks things through for himself
is developing a better attitude toward ___ grade
takes an active part in discussions pertinent to ______
responds well
speaks with confidence to the group
takes turns talking
enjoys participating in conversation and discussion
needs to actively participate in classroom discussion

RANDOM EXAMPLES of REMARKS Long Version


Although there has been some improvement in _______'s attitude toward his
schoolwork, it is not consistent. He will need continual guidance from home and
school throughout the rest of the year.
This report card is a reflection of ________'s attitude in school. He could improve if he
decided to work harder and cooperate more.
_______'s attitude toward our school rules, the other students, and myself is reflected
in this reporting quarter. She is capable of being a successful student with effort.
As my past reports have indicated, ______ does not do his schoolwork. He can do
better if he makes his mind up to work harder and complete his assignments.
Although there has been some improvement with ______'s attitude toward her
classmates, she frequently needs to be reminded to be respectful.
As we discussed in our last conference, ________'s attitude toward the basic skills is
poor. Please continue to do a nightly review with her, especially focusing on ________.

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Thank you for your interest in our class. I am pleased to report that _______ is showing
positive development in regards to his attitude in our classroom.
_______ continues to make nice progress this year concerning her attitude in the
classroom and on the playground.
I will continue to need your help and support if _______ is to overcome her attitude
and social difficulties. She will find school a much more pleasant place if she can
make a positive effort in this area.
_________'s attitude has continued to improve. Thank you for your support and
cooperation. Although _______ has had some difficulty adjusting to our room and
various duties, he usually tries to cooperate.
As you know from my reports to you, _______ has had some problems adjusting to our
room. Please continue to work with him in this area.
_______ has made many fine contributions to our class and is an inspiration to her
classmates.
No matter how busy _______ is, he still has time to do something nice for someone.
For this reason, he is one of the best citizens in my class.
_______ assumes responsibility well, excels on the playground, and is well liked by her
peers.
_______ is trying to practice good citizenship habits, but has been inconsistent with
this. He needs to remember that we play only at certain times.
_______ is a very dependable student. She frequently helps her classmates without
being asked to do so. Thank-you for your help.
Since our last conference, _______ has shown great improvement in the area of
citizenship. Thank-you for your support.
_______ is starting to understand that in order to be a part of this class, she must
follow the classroom rules. More improvement is needed for her to be successful in
this area.
_______ is one the best citizens in the class. He often volunteers and helps others
without being asked.
It is unfortunate that I have to bring this to your attention, but, __________ has
become our class clown. He/she has a pretty strong "following" which makes teaching
a chore at times, as I have to constantly refocus the class.

He/she has been corrected several times by myself and other teachers for using very
vulgar words. While it is not out of the ordinary for most middle school students to
test boundaries, I know that you do not allow such language. If he/she continues to
use offensive language, disciplinary action is sure to follow.

He/she is an awesome student. It is a complete pleasure to have him/her in my


homeroom class. I have also received positive feedback from the other teachers
about his/her behavior.

Being prepared for class is essential to the learning experience. _____________ does
not seem to take being prepared very seriously and has received lowered overall
grades because of it. Your support is requested in helping to get him focused and
organized.

If ______ will continue to put forth the effort he has shown in the past two reporting
periods, he will receive a great deal from his schooling.

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The following suggestions might improve his ______.

I am hoping this recent interest and improvement will continue.

______ is making progress in all academic areas. She is having some difficulty with
______, but if she continues to work hard she will see improvement soon.

______ takes great pride in all of the work he does and always does a neat job.

______ volunteers frequently and makes wonderful contributions to class. She does
tend to work too quickly, which results in many careless errors. We can help her to
correct this at home and at school.

______ is a very hard worker and has excellent vocabulary skills for his age. He enjoys
reading and writing.

______'s excellent attitude is reflected in the work she does. Thank you for your
efforts.

Although ______ tries to do his best, he often has difficulty keeping up with the rest of
the class. Can we meet to discuss this?

I am concerned about ______'s progress this year. She has shown some improvement
but her growth is not where it should be at this point in the school year. Please call to
schedule a conference so we can discuss this.

As we discussed in our recent conference, _______'s work is below grade standards. I


am sure with that more effort and concentration he will show rapid improvement.

______ has great enthusiasm for everything we do in class. However, she is having
some difficulty with _______. Please continue to review this with her nightly

STATING End-of-Year REMARKS


Phrases
has matured nicely this year, both academically and socially
friendly, sincere way has made him a very popular member of the ___ grade

would benefit from reading many library books this summer.

needs to improve his reading speed and comprehension if he is to have success in


the ______ grade

continued to blossom as the year progressed

helped to make my year a pleasant one.

takes a keen interest in all her work and is a most agreeable and willing worker. It has
been wonderful having her in my room.

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Thank-you for the help I know you have given her.

Please continue during the summer with ______ review and as many reading
experiences as possible.

Thank-you for your interest in _______'s attitude.

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you this year.

Thanks for your cooperation.

With _______'s friendly, cooperative attitude, she will always be a pleasant addition to
any class.

I have enjoyed the association I have had with _______.

I enjoyed having _______ in my class.

It has been a pleasure to have _______ in my class.

Sentences
All of _______'s basic skills are at grade level, but he is not working to the best of his
ability.
_______'s school work has shown improvement over the past quarter. I hope this effort
will continue.

_______'s behavior continues to be inconsistent. She is still having difficulty following


the school rules and respecting the other students. Please call to set up a conference.

Thank-you for your continued support and help from home. The amount of extra time
you have been spending with _______ on his schoolwork is evident.

_______ has improved since the last time we met. I suggest that you continue to work
on _______ nightly.

_______ is a polite and alert _____ grader. Because he is a quiet boy, he needs to be
encouraged to participate in class. Any help you can give from home would be very
beneficial.

_______ has adjusted nicely to her new school environment. Could you call to set up a
meeting as soon as you are settled into your new home?

General Comments

Lamin always tries his best and works well in class


Lamin must try to improve his concentration and stay on-task for longer.
Although he finds the subject difficult, Lamin always puts his all into his work and I am
pleased with the progress he has made.

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Lamin needs to pay more attention to detail.
Lamin is always attentive and always asks when unsure.
Although clearly able and enjoys the subject, Lamin must make more of an effort to
complete homework satisfactorily.
Lamin is an enthusiastic member of the class, and is always willing to participate.
In class, Lamin is apt to be chatty and his concentration wanders - he must try to pay
more attention to the task in hand.
I am very pleased with the way Lamin has been working, particularly his willingness to
speak in class.
Lamin must try to improve his attendance
Lamin struggled with the written side of French at the beginning of term, but has made
giant strides and now is well on the way to mastering this area. Well done
Camilla always tries her best and works well in class.
Camilla must try to improve her concentration and stay on-task for longer.
Although she finds the subject difficult, Camilla always puts her all into her work and I
am pleased with the progress she has made.
Camilla needs to pay more attention to detail.
Camilla is always attentive and always asks when unsure.
Although clearly able and enjoys the subject, Camilla must make more of an effort to
complete homework satisfactorily.
Camilla is an enthusiastic member of the class, and is always willing to participate.
In class, Camilla is apt to be chatty and her concentration wanders - she must try to pay
more attention to the task in hand.
I am very pleased with the way Camilla has been working, particularly her willingness to
speak in class.
Camilla must try to improve her attendance
Camilla struggled with the written side of French at the beginning of term, but has made
giant strides and now is well on the way to mastering the area. Well done!
X is a conscientious student who always tries hard in the lessons and produces high
quality written work. He always makes an effort to take part in the communicative
activities in class. However, he needs to develop his listening skills, which could be done
through listening to French radio or watching French films.
Y has not achieved the standards required for this term. This is mainly because of his
lack of concentration and poor effort and behaviour in class. He seems disinterested and
needs to apply himself more to his work in class. Homework should be regularly
monitored in order to be sure that Y is doing his best to improve his level.
Z has made a great deal of progress this term which has been reflected in recent exam
results. However Z still needs to improve his written skills and pay attention to small
spelling inaccuracies or grammar mistakes which could be easily avoided through careful
revision of work.
B participates well in class and gets on well with his peers.
I am very concerned by Cs behaviour in class. His continual disruptive behaviour not
only prevents him from concentrating in class but at the same time disturbs his fellow
pupils.
Billy has worked diligently this term and tries extremely hard
He does have a tendency to switch off which is reflected in his work.
Work this term has been of a particularly high standard. Bob has excelled himself. Well
done.
Obviously French is not Bobs favourite subject, yet his effort is high and I am impressed
with his progress.
Bob has proved himself a very capable linguist and consistently finishes top of the class.
All four skills are excellent, although his written work occasionally suffers from gaps in
his grammar and therefore requires more attention.
Discipline is a serious problem for Bob. He must learn not to answer back and control his
continual outbursts in class.

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Bob started the term promisingly and his standard of work has come on leaps and
bounds. His effort has of late however dropped off. I look forward to a better effort next
term.
..... is very conscientious
.... works to the best of his/her abilities
....is a pleasure to teach
greater concentration would help ..... to achieve higher marks
...... is having some difficulty with.....
......always gives of his best
excellent participation in class
it would be nice to see..... contribute more in class
..... must not be afraid to ask if he/she does not understand
..... keep it up !
.......uses a good range of tenses
.......demonstrates an ability to write fluently in the Target Language
..... is able to use the computer confidently to produce high quality work
......is able to pick out several details from a listening passage
......needs to develop his confidence in speaking out in class
......is making progress
.... has faced some difficulties, but is doing his best to overcome these
.....is a key member of the class
......is able to understand more complex words and phrases
....needs to work hard on his/her tenses, so as to achieve the Level of which he is capable

.......must revise thoroughly so as to achieve his true potential


excellent!
I look forward to continued progress next year
is very attentive
often misbehaves
works well
shows great potential
has made progress
has not made great progress
often disrupts the class and interferes with his classmatesright to learn.
works excellently in class and produces excellent homeworks.
often behaves innapropriately
needs to concentrate on his her skills pronunciation
writing
listening
speaking
needs to focus more on
works very well indeed
By ability I would place in the top third of the class
middle
bottom
does not regularly participate in class
regularly participates in class
needs to make an effort
keep it up
good effort although more concentration is needed
excellent!!
extremely good level of speaking and listening, has to concentrate on the perfect tense.
excellent participation during lessons.
good reading skills
perfect understanding of written work

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has to participate during lessons
has to revise the future tense

1. Progress

Is not participating sufficiently in class


Is not working to the best of his/her ability
Would benefit from a change in attitude
Making great strides forward.
Making encouraging progress.
Taking time to adjust to the demands of the course.
Well done, youve made excellent progress this year
Adjusting well to the demands of this new subject.
Steve has done brilliantly this term
I was enchanted by his progress
Bob is doing well and I am pleased with his progress.
Bob is working hard, but perhaps not achieving the progress that he could.
Bob is not working to his full potential.
I am pleased with the effort that Bob puts into his work.
Bobs standard of work is excellent.
X is consistently maintaining a high standard of work
Y has produced some work of exceptional quality and I am looking forward to seeing
more work of a similar standard.
2. Effort
is trying extremely hard
you need to make more effort with homework / revision / classwork
presentation is neat / beautiful, content needs some attention!
Your consistent effort has been rewarded by excellent results.

3. Behaviour
can be restless at times
is inclined to be very lively during language lessons
frequently distracts others
works far better when s/he does not sit near x
Steve has settled down a lot this week.
does not pay enough attention in class
is a little too chatty in class
is rather inattentive
is not producing enough work in class
is easily distracted
has a tendency to switch off
is trying hard but has some difficulties with the subject
is not putting maximum of effort into his work
unacceptable level of slothfulness
is rather uncooperative in class
needs to be more forthcoming
is often challenged by the work
is working very hard and making good progress
has made great progress and is achieving her full potential
always contributes well in class

4. AT2
Making excellent oral contribution in all lessons.
Needs to have more confidence in own speaking ability

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Has excellent ability but needs to have the confidence to participate orally in class.
Oral comments are correct but should volunteer answers more often.

5. AT3

Reading is one of Kates weaker skills.

INTRODUCTION
# has become more settled in school and is learning to listen more carefully and contribute
to class lessons.
# is an enthusiastic member of the class who enjoys all aspects of the work.
# has settled well into the class and is learning to listen carefully and contribute to class
lessons.
# is a polite and friendly child who always tries ~ best.
# is a quiet member of the class who often takes a keen interest in the work, especially in a
small group.
# is a quiet member of the class whose ability is growing to listen carefully, learn from
others in class lessons and share ~ own understandings.
# has become an enthusiastic member of the class who enjoys all aspects of the work.
# is a delightful child who finds it hard to listen carefully and learn from others in class
lessons or share his own insights.
# has settled quickly into the class and is making friends.
# is a charming child who works very well when ^ is able to choose ~ own learning activity.
^ is expert at describing what ^ has done and what ^ has found out.
^ is able to explain what ^ has done and what ^ has found out.
# is an able member of the class who ^ is always willing to contribute to class discussions
and share ~ at times perceptive and imaginative insights.
# is a friendly child who becomes enthusiastic when ^ is able to choose ~ own learning
activity.
^ has a well developed imagination and a perceptive understanding of the world around us.
# is an enthusiastic member of the class who especially enjoys opportunities to choose and
report back on his own learning activities.
# has settled well into the class and is learning to listen carefully and contribute to class
lessons.
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ATTITUDE
^ sometimes finds it hard to pay full attention and listen carefully, especially in class
lessons, and ~ shyness can make ~ reluctant to contribute to large group discussions.
^ is able to listen carefully and learn from others in class lessons. ^ is also willing to share
~ own growing understanding with the group.
^ sometimes finds it hard to listen carefully and learn from others in class lessons. This
makes it difficult for * to develop and share ~ own understandings.
^ sometimes finds it hard to listen carefully and learn from others in class lessons. ~
contributions to class discussions, however, can be perceptive and imaginative.
^ has become more independent in group work.
^ is able to review ~ work, explaining what ^ has done and what ^ has found out.
^ is able to work independently on directed tasks
^ has become more successful at working independently on directed tasks
^ enjoys opportunities to choose and report back on ~ own learning activities.
~ shyness often inhibits ~ ability to contribute and the speed with which ^ can express ~
thoughts.
~ ability is growing to listen carefully and learn from others in class lessons. ^ has also
become more able to share ~ own growing understandings with the group.
^ is an able child whose relatively slow progress had caused some concern. Since returning
from holiday, however, ^ has leapt forwards and made good progress in all subjects.

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In a smaller group, or when the subject fires ~ enthusiasm - especially science - ^ can make
perceptive and imaginative comments.
Nevertheless ^ is always willing to share ~ often perceptive insights and understandings.
However, ^ finds it hard to listen carefully and learn from others in class lessons.
In class lessons ^ finds it hard to sit still, listen carefully, learn from others or share ~ own
insights.
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Disposition and Attitudes


# shows an interest in classroom activities through observation and participation.
# dresses undresses and manages own personal hygiene with adult support.
# displays high levels of involvement in self-chosen activities.
# dresses and undresses independently and manages own personal hygiene.
# selects and uses activities and resources independently.
# continues to be interested, motivated and excited to learn.
# is confident to try new activities, initiate ideas and speak in a familiar group.
# maintains attention and concentrates.
# sustains involvement and perseveres, particularly when trying to solve a problem or reach
a satisfactory conclusion.

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