How do you pass out report cards in your classroom? In the past few years, I have done everything from just putting them on their desk right or in their mailbox before the bell rang to having an individual conference with each child. Simply putting the report cards in their mailbox did not provide enough feedback for the students. Having an individual conference with each child took too long and is not realistic for a class with 25 or more students. So…I finally came up with a more effective approach!
After the students fill out their self-reflection, I call them to the guided reading table to have a mini-conference. I call about 5-6 students at a time and give them the opportunity open the report card envelope, review their grades, and most importantly, ask any questions. We then discuss how I assessed their “characteristics that affect learning” and compare it with their own self-reflection. The students and I then talk about what can be done to improve and make a realistic goal for next quarter.