“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Brace yourself!

I'm so excited to go back to school after holiday break!  SAID NO TEACHER EVER @ http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

If you are like me, you just finished a wonderful two week holiday.  I left my marking and Christmas thank you cards to the last minute, but they are done!  I can't believe I am actually making a turkey dinner TONIGHT...we go back to school tomorrow!  Time somehow got away from me and although we have had Christmas dinner with family, we have not had our own "little family" dinner yet...no time like the present I say!

Speaking of no time like the present, it's time to get report cards done.  Mine are due in a few weeks.  
BRACE YOURSELF report card due dates are coming @ http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

I have been writing report cards for almost 25 years now.  I remember when we used to write reports in triplicate on carbon paper.  I had to buy three colours of white out (white, yellow and pink) in case, heaven forbid, I made a mistake while writing 32 reports BY HAND.  We have come a long way baby!  I am not always enamoured of the on line reporting system my board uses, it has its fair share of glitches, BUT it is far superior to the hand cramping and white out induced fury of the past!

When "Growing Success" was introduced in Ontario a few years ago, the report cards changed and the emphasis on work habits and learning skills were placed first and foremost on the reports.
BRACE YOURSELF report card due dates are coming @ http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca
Even after writing thousands of report cards over the years, I find myself struggling with finding the right words for each student for the learning skills and work habits section of the reports.  A few years ago I was thrilled when I stumbled across a site called Student Evaluator. This quote from the website explains it all.  "The Student Evaluator was created by teachers, for teachers. An idea that began over 5 years ago, the Student Evaluator has brought together a team of teachers, learning advisers, web design specialists, and software engineers to create an evaluation tool for teachers. We realized that there had to be a better and more efficient way to accurately assess and create report cards for our students, and so we built software to do just that."

Why you should use Student Evaluator:

  • You can create your Canadian report card learning skills comments for each student in under 3 minutes!
  • The Student Evaluator tool can create assessments of your students for your report cards and for your parent/teacher meetings.
  • It is the only student evaluation tool designed for Canadian teachers.
  • The Student Evaluator tool also generates an overall mark for each learning skill.
    • The Student Evaluator generates comments using:
  • Parent and student-friendly language.
  • Organic, flowing sentences unique to each student’s accomplishments and needs.
  • Constructive feedback that identifies a students' strengths and needs.
  • A selected group of complementary phrases that have been specifically created for each learning skill.
    • Our secure database:
  • Keeps track of each student's report card comments for each term.
  • Can be purged at the end of the school year and saved for future use.
  • Provides a great tool for checking each student's performance throughout the term.
  • Can be easily referenced for meetings with parents

    I love how easy it is to create individualized comments for each student.  My administrator is constantly impressed with how well phrased the comments are.   

    BRACE YOURSELF report card due dates are coming @ http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

      Here is a sample comment from the Student Evaluator website.
      BRACE YOURSELF report card due dates are coming @ http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca
      Check out this great video explaining how easy it is to use Student Evaluator.  

      UPDATE:  For a free trial click here

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