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Comments about students writing

comments about students writing

Teacher Comments on Report Cards

1. Is developing a better attitude toward ___ grade.
2. Is showing interest and enthusiasm for study.
3. Wants responsibilities and follows through.
4. Enthusiastic about participating. Gaining more self-confidence.
5. Has earned a very fine report card. Has been consistently progressing.
6. Has shown a good attitude about trying to improve in ___.
7. Is willing to take part in all classroom activities.
8. _____'s attitude toward school is excellent. Is hard-working.
9. Needs to increase speed and comprehension in reading.
10. Making steady progress academically. Is maintaining grade-level achievements.
11. Performs well everything he undertakes. Has a good attitude towards school
12. Rate of achievement makes it difficult for ___ to keep up with the class.
13. _______ shows self-confidence in writing. However, handwriting needs to be improved.
14. Cooperative, well mannered. Capable of achieving a higher average in ____.
15. Is inconsistent in his efforts, especially in ___.
16. Sacrificing accuracy for unnecessary speed in his written work.
17. Would improve if he developed a greater interest in ___.
18. Comprehends well, but needs to work more quickly.
19. Enjoys doing neat careful work. Is working well in all subjects
20. Is friendly and cooperative Has a sense of humor
21. Lacks independence / Is gaining independence
22. Is becoming more self-reliant. Is an attentive student
23. Is a polite conscientious pupil. Is especially good at ______
24. Requires too much supervision. Makes little effort when not under direct supervision
25. Is not very appreciative of the value of ( time, courtesy, sharing, neatness, accuracy)
26. _____ has matured nicely this year, academically and socially.
27. There has been a noticeable improvement in _____'s study habits this reporting period, which is very encouraging.
28. _____________ continued to blossom as the year progressed.
29. She is capable of much better work. Possesses good self discipline
30. _________has made nice progress this reporting period.
31. ___________ is a wonderful girl and I'm happy to have had her in my class.
32. She has made many fine contributions to the class and is an inspiration to her classmates.
33. With ____'s friendly, cooperative attitude, she will always be a pleasant addition to any class.
34. His friendly, sincere way has made him a very popular member of the ___ grade.
35. 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.
36. _____________ is a pleasant, conscientious student.
37. He is self-confident and has excellent manners.
38. She assumes responsibility well, (excels on the playground) and is well liked by her peers.
39. Experiences difficulty following directions-when unsure needs to ask for questions
40. Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion
41. Needs to pay attention in class. Does not put enough time into assignment
42. Bill excels in science. He needs more opportunities to develop his friendship skills.
43. Leslie is friendly and well-liked. She would benefit from practicing her reading fluency and comprehension skills.
44. _______ speaks very well in front of the class. However, her written work needs much improvement. With greater effort, the improvement should slowly come.
45. Although _______ is trying very hard, she is having difficulty writing smooth, fluent sentences.
46. Needs to participate in more independent reading.
47. __ needs to take his/her time and think about what he/she reads.
48. __'s writing has a refreshing sense of voice, clarity, and style.
49. answers well in class, and shows great interest and enthusiasm when discussing and offering opinions!
50. has a tendency to be quiet during discussions, and prefers to listen to others' opinions and comments.
51. All of _______'s basic skills are at grade level, but he is not working to the best of his ability.
52. _______'s school work has shown improvement over the past quarter.
53. _______ is a polite and alert _____ grader. Because he is a quiet boy, he needs to be encouraged to participate in class.
54. ______ has earned a very fine report card. _______ is maintaining grade-level expectations.
55. ____ does not put enough time into the assignments.____ needs to spend more time on assigned tasks.
56. It is possible for _______ to exceed grade expectations.
57. ______ 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.
58. ______ volunteers frequently and makes wonderful contributions to class. She does tend to work too quickly, which results in many careless errors.
59. ______'s excellent attitude is reflected in the work she does.
60. 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.
61. _______'s work is below grade standards. I am sure with that more effort and concentration he will show rapid improvement.
62. ______'s low rate of achievement makes it difficult for her to keep up with the class.
63. He/she has been cutting class and roaming around the campus. This behavior is unacceptable and could result in suspension or expulsion.
64. Many teachers have reported that he/she has been extremely disruptive in their classes. Not only is this a sign of immaturity, it is also a show of defiance and disrespect. He/she needs to improve or face administrative disciplinary action.
65. He/she is a model student and I am so glad that he/she is in my class!
66. He/she is an asset to the school and a perfect ambassador for the incoming freshman. Keep up the good work!
67. She is a budding poet. I find her work very interesting and mature beyond her years.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.

comments about students writing Providing Feedback on Student Writing - sjsu.edu

Here are some suggestions on how to make your comments meaningful to students. For more detailed advice about writing comments on papers, see Writing Comments on Student Papers.
  • Think about the sorts of comments that you find helpful and unhelpful. For example, avoid one-word comments such as “good,” “unclear,” or “awkward.” If you think that something is good, unclear, or awkward you should explain in concrete terms why you think so (“You develop the implications very effectively here”) or propose an alternative (“Did you mean x?”).
  • Think about the extent to which you want to comment on each aspect of the assignment. For example, how important are punctuation and spelling? Is it enough to have one or two comments on grammar or syntax, or would more extensive comments be appropriate?
  • Don’t overwhelm the student with a lot of different comments. Approximately one to three comments per page will be enough. Focus on a couple of major points rather than comment on everything.
  • Write specific comments in the margin and more general comments at the end of the assignment.
  • What has been omitted from the paper or exam response is as important as what has been included. Ask questions to point out something that’s missing or to suggest improvements. Try to give the students a good overall sense of how they might improve their work.
  • Don’t comment exclusively on weaknesses. Identify strengths and explain them. This helps students know their progress, and helps them build their skills. Write as many comments on good work as on bad work. In addition to commenting on things the student does well, think about how the student might work to improve his or her work even further.
  • Write legibly or type your comments.
  • Don’t be sarcastic or make jokes. What seems funny to you may be hurtful to students and not provide the guidance they need for improvement.
  • Discuss difficult cases with other GSIs or the instructor in charge.
  • Keep a record of common problems and interesting ideas, and discuss them in class.
  • Make sure you have adequately explained the reason for the grade.
  • Is it clear what point the author is trying to make and why? Are the main points and ideas clear? Are they specific enough? Are they clearly related to the assignment?
  • Does the author provide sufficient evidence or argumentative support?
  • Is the writing clear, concise, coherent, and easy and interesting to read? Are the grammar and syntax acceptable? Is the writing style appropriate? Does the author understand all of the words and phrases that they are using?
  • Does the work have a clear, logical structure? Are the transitions clear? Is there one main point per paragraph?
  • Are the factual claims correct?
  • Does the author provide the appropriate citations and bibliographical references?
  • 14. _____ is showing signs of independence.

    15. _____ is still struggling with _____.

    16. _____ wants responsibilities and follows through.

    17. _____ has a better attitude.

    18. _____ is a hard worker.

    19. _____ has a winning personality.

    20. _____ follows directions well.

    21. _____ is steadily improving in _____.

    22. _____ is following suggests to improve in _____.

    23. _____ is eager to improve in ______.

    24. _____ is cooperative in class.

    25. _____ likes to volunteer in class activities.

    _____ needs to improve her attention span.

    30. _____ learns new spelling words quickly.

    31. _____ has shown strength in _____.

    32. _____ is a conscientious worker.

    33. _____ has contributed to many class discussions.

    34. _____ is anxious to please.

    35. _____ has been disrupting the class lately.

    36. _____ needs improvement in reading comprehension.

    37. _____ is applying skills to all of his work.

    38. _____ gets along well with her classmates.

    39. _____ is cooperative.

    40. I appreciate _____'s cooperation in class.

    44. _____'s grade level achievements are well maintained.

    45. _____ is working well independently.

    46. _____ acts responsibly in class.

    47. _____ needs to work on his talking in class.

    48. _____ is full of enthusiasm when it comes to _____.

    49. _____'s sense of humor is enjoyable.

    50. _____ has a stupendous attitude.

    51. _____ does not work well with large group discussions.

    52. _____ is not participating as I would've hoped.

    53. _____ is able to grasp new concepts readily.


    _____ tries very hard in everything he does.

    58. _____ has strong work habits in all areas.

    59. _____ puts ideas in his head onto paper very well.

    60. _____ is excelling in _____.

    61. _____ demonstrates good reading habits.

    62. _____ stays well organized in class.

    63. _____ is able to organize her thoughts very well.

    64. _____ seems to have extensive knowledge in _____.

    65. _____ is struggling to keep up with homework assignments.

    66. _____ needs to improve his work habits.

    67. _____ is well mannered and respectful to me and other students.

    71. _____ is consistent in his efforts.

    72. _____'s accuracy is failing because of unnecessary speed in written work.

    73. _____ has a hard time following directions.

    74. _____ consistently fails to finish independent assignments in _____.

    75. _____ has the ability to comprehend, but needs to work more quickly.

    76. _____ enjoys _____.

    77. _____ listens carefully.

    78. _____ is reading at a grade ____ level.

    79. _____ has mastered _____.

    80. _____ is very interested in reading.


    85. _____ shares with others in the class.

    86. _____ has a good understanding of vocabulary words, and is able to use them correctly.

    87. _____ has a good attitude towards school.

    88. _____'s work level is below average in _____.

    89. _____ is easily distracted.

    90. _____ turns in neat work that is done accurately.

    91. _____ is not completing assignments in the allotment of time given.

    92. _____ is especially good at _____.

    93. _____ requires more supervision than expected at this grade level.


    98. _____ cares about the other students in her class.

    99. _____ does not work well without direct supervision

    100. _____ is often tired during school hours

    Keep in mind that you should elaborate on the things that you comment on. Parents/guardians appreciate tips on how they can help their child improve, if they failing at something. It also makes sense to tell the parents/guardians what you are trying in class to correct a situation, so they can do the same at home.

    Whenever you have to write a negative comment, always include a positive ending statement, if applicable, to show the student is improving or progressing in some ways. Customizing report card comments can be easy if you create notes for each student throughout the entire reporting period. Within these notes make sure that you include all important information regarding the student's writing skills.

    1. _____ understands how to accurately use punctuation and easily comprehends the rules regarding punctuation.

    2. Has a vocabulary that is substantially larger than most of the other students.

    4. ____ is willing to learn new writing skills and quickly applies these skills within their writing.

    5. Has the ability to copy sentences correctly and enjoys performing this assignment.

    6. Needs to increase his or her placement of words. They are often misplaced throughout their writings.

    7. Is not able to write clear and understandable sentences.

    8. ____ is not willing to listen to direction concerning their writing skills.

    9. Seems to be not interested in writing and is easily distracted from this school task.

    13. This student is having a hard time understanding cursive writing. My suggestion is to help him or her at home with their cursive writing skills.

    14. _____ can remember most of cursive alphabet, but has a hard time with the following letters (put the letters here), I suggest working with him or her every night with these letters.

    15. ____ is behind the rest of the class with his or her writing skills.

    16. Is able to clearly write grammar, spelling and punctuation with little to no errors or failing to follow directions.


    18. This student requires extra attention concerning the application of previously learned skills and techniques. He or she is unable to comprehend directions quickly and usually requires further detailed directions.

    19. Does not show enthusiasm sharing his or her writing projects with the rest of the classroom. Needs to gain confidence within their writing skills.

    20. Rarely is involved in group writing assignments, and does not regularly contribute to the group.

    21. Is able to write in a complete and easy-to-understand way. Has the ability to write complex thought patterns.

    24. _____ is able to create clear and effective writing, which is interesting to read and easy to comprehend.

    25. Has extremely difficult time remembering previously discussed writing skills and is often found making errors within punctuations, grammar, word usage and overall sentence structure. Needs improvement in basic writing skills.

    26. Does not have the ability to edit written text by themselves; requires the assistance of the teacher to make the mildest revisions.

    27. _____ is not willing to take part in group writing activities.


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