I have used weekly progress reports in the past to inform parents about behavior, homework and academics. Does anyone else use progress reports? I used them in second and third grade. Is fourth grade to old for this kind of report? They are a little time consuming but I'd like to think that parents would appreciate them. What do you think? Anyone have examples of what they use for progress reports?
I am sure that parents would appreciate them. I guess that in my old age I am becoming a bit ... I don't know. I have a really hard time filling out weekly progress reports these days. I send home work on a daily basis, so I feel that if the parents are watching what comes home, they should have a fairly good idea how their child is doing in my classroom. I have a hard time giving up even more of my time to lazy parents that are unwilling to take the time to keep track of how their children are doing. It seems to me that if the child brings home papers that all say that the chld is getting 80%'s. They should really not have a question as to how their child is doing. I don't know, maybe this is a bit harsh, but I am really getting tired of keeping track of how everyones child is doing all of the time. If a child is getting a C or a D, I do not really mind contacting the parents, I just hate that it is becoming an expectation!
Yeah, actually I use it for behavior more than anything else. I want students to know that parents will hear about their behavior every week. I don't know if it works or not. I know sometimes the kids who have behavior problems may not get follow through at home anyway, so I don't know if it's worth it or not. Maybe I will do it for a few weeks and then send out a survey to see if parents appreciate it or not.
I think that 4th graders still need the support of weekly progress notes. Many of these kids are not well organized yet, so papers don't always make it home. And unfortunately they don't all have parents who take an active interest in their school work. I send home graded work once a week with a slip attached that denotes any missing assignments and behavior concerns. The slip must be signed by the parent and returned by the student the next day. My students' parents all seem to like and appreciate this system. I just don't like surprises at progress note, report card, and conference times. This system has worked for me for the past 3 years that I've used it and I've not had any complaints.
I send home a Friday folder each week. I put all the graded papers and flyers in the folder. There is also a signature page that has a place for me to write the number of demerits received during the week, why the demerits were received, and a place for comments. There is also a place for parents to sign every week. It has worked well for me and the rest of the fourth grade team.
I have used a weekly report in each grade that I have taught. The parents look forward to it. It keeps them informed of both behavior as well as academics and the parents are NEVER surprised when it comes to report cards. I have attached the one I have used for years. They take me about 15 mintues (on a good day) to complete for all 35 students. Although, if I want to put detailed comments, that does take me a bit longer!
I teach 4th grade. We started school on Aug. 9th & the first week or so I realized that I was going to need to let the parents know how the kids were behaving, so I made up a weekly progress report to send home on Fridays. It is basically just check +, check, or check - for behavior, so it is easy to fill in each day & then send home on Friday with their weekly work. There are also items on it that are more for the kids, such as "Keeps seat area neat." It needs to be signed & returned & I'll keep them. If you would like to see a copy, just let me know.
That was a great set of things to use. We have had parent weekly sheets for years, but I really think yours is more encompassing. I also like your writing letter. As for the set of literature mailboxes you bought, next time check garage sales. I have used the mailboxes for the past 10 or 15 years and I have been able to find large ones with up to 36 or 40 mailboxes for under $10. I use them to store the weekly take home stash for two classes. Then they can just grab their papers and notes and go! Also if you need extra holes I have used one of those stacker trays. The kids actually feel special when they have a different mailbox. Thanks for sharing so many ideas. I teach in Texas. Where are you?
I would also like a copy of that letter that you send home to the parents. It is my first year in fourth grade and I am struggling with my students being disorganized. Thank you so much. firstname.lastname@example.org