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15/07/2013 at 22:22
I got my son's first school report today and it is full of generic statements. There is no sign that his teacher has got to know him in the past year. I feel quite sad about it. I'm not sure if it is because I am a teacher myself and know how much time and effort I put into writing reports for children, making sure I try include something of that child's personality and if I wasn't I wouldn't see his report like that?
Am I being sad? After reading stuff on here I felt quite excited and I've actually been to bed and gotten up again to post on here, because I feel that sad over it.
15/07/2013 at 22:28
I can see where you are coming from - obv M is younger but her nursery reports are lovely to read, they comment on what she likes to do, parts of her personality, who her friends are etc and it's lovely to read that they like having her around. Sometimes I wonder if they are just soundbites but once actually in preschool I'd expect to know how my child is progressing and how they are getting on personally with the other kids.
I'd question the teacher about it tbh
15/07/2013 at 22:42
It is full of hitting expected targets or exceeding targets but doesn't sound like she knew him as a human being. I guess because he had been to nursery where they could state what he liked doing, who he played with etc etc I have something to compare it to.
15/07/2013 at 23:02
That's a shame. At my kids school it's 70% generic statements, then a bit for the teacher to write in about child's progress, a bit for the Head (which is always amusing!) and another bit for the kids to say what they've enjoyed/need to improve on.
Well done to him for the target hitting/exceeding though, that's great.
16/07/2013 at 09:20
My daughter's in Reception was a book with examples of her work, photos of her playing, etc in class. It had quotes when she demonstrated that she knew things. In the back it had the early years targets with references back to the examples. We didn't get a summary for the year or a comment on who her friends are.
This year we got examples of her work as its progressed her achievements against the targets, summary of her work overall and a little bit about her as a person from both her class teacher and head teacher. This is a small school - 150 in total - so head teacher does know every child by name, etc.
Maybe its because you are a teacher that you recognise how generic it is whereas I only see my daughter's so - although I recognise a generic phrase - I don't k ow whether her teacher has put the same comment on 25 other books.
16/07/2013 at 10:59
I can actually remember once seeing how reports were written in one school where they actually had set sentences and had to choose the ones that were the most applicable! Beggars belief doesn't it?
16/07/2013 at 11:20
I think at my sons' school that most of the report comes from report generating software where they probably tick which level the child is at and it generates the sentences, this accounts for the first 2.5 pages and then the last section is called 'personal comments' and this is where the teacher writes their own words in. This is the only bit I really read and take notice of to be honest. It's a shame you didn't have anything like that, I know exactly what you mean xx
17/07/2013 at 20:23
It was the personal comments section I was looking forward to
17/07/2013 at 21:18
Aw, QI what a shame, but you know how great your boy is xxx
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