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  • Writer's pictureBethPollak

Report Cards that reflect student goals, understanding and progress.

What if we could eliminate the mystery and struggle of report cards?

In recent years, I worked with students in 5th and 6th grade to write self-reflective report cards.

The first step was to be transparent about learning goals throughout a unit of study:

  • Sharing essential questions with students/parents

  • Reiterating skills strategies and expectations

  • Using rubrics to assess work

  • Completing multiple drafts of projects

  • Giving and using feedback

  • Writing reflections on process and product after completing assignments.

At the end of a marking period, students wrote reflective reports about areas of strength and challenge. This allowed them to emphasize topics and considerations important to their learning that even a vigilant teacher might not capture.

Using this information, I conferenced with students about their goals. We identified actions to take going forward. Finally, I edited student reflections for clarity, and added final comments before publishing them.

My students' self-reflective report cards provided a detailed portrait of student learning, and clear action steps to meet future goals. This process reduced the stress, mystery and struggle of traditional narrative reports and vague number/letter grades.

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