Monday, June 11, 2012

The Actual Comments

Last week I made a humorous post about comments I decided not to use when writing grade reports.  Here's sample of actual comments I wrote this semester.

*****

I have enjoyed working with Susan this year. She continues to demonstrate great focus and hard work in class.

While Susan does great work individually, sometimes working in groups is a challenge for her. When other students get distracted or make mistakes, Susan does not tell them how this makes her feel. Instead she gets frustrated and quiet. Susan has great skills and insights to share. She can improve her own experience in the classroom by communicating more openly with her classmates.

*****

Carol participates well in classroom activities. However, she has difficulty switching her focus from transitions to receiving group instruction. During transitions Carol often becomes distracted by her need to be involved with her friends. Carol needs to focus on transitions not as a time to be involved with friends but rather as a classroom procedure.

*****

While James continues to have difficulty sitting still and not engaging in distracting behavior, his awareness of the classroom agenda has grown. When the class was practicing for their Illinois presentation, James took this process very seriously. He reminded people around him who were being silly the reasons they were practicing and how they needed to present themselves.

*****

Jane showed great leadership in her singing while preparing for the Medieval Dubbing Program. She displayed individual responsibility and memorized the lyrics quickly. Jane seems more comfortable with open-ended assignments than she did earlier this year, which was evident with the success she had with the composition activities this semester.

*****

Rick continues to display great musical instincts and creativity. However, he still struggles to interact with his classmates in a positive way. He often speaks out of turn and interrupts other classmates when they are talking. Rick works well on group compositions if the projects stem from his ideas. He is not as cooperative when he needs to be supportive of another student’s idea.

*****

I have enjoyed working with Maxwell this year. His continued enthusiasm and interest in activities during music class was evident when he taught his younger brother Elliot “Sumer Is In Cumen In.”

*****

Daniel has continued to be a positive and enthusiastic member of the band. Whether the class is rehearsing in small groups or playing musical charades, Daniel is eager to participate and share his thoughts with the group. While I appreciate Daniel’s humor, he has had difficulty this semester switching from joking around outside of class with me to focusing on work during class. This improved as we worked towards the spring concert and after Daniel and I discussed this issue.

*****

Caroline has continued to be a positive and enthusiastic member of the band. Whether the class is rehearsing in small groups or playing musical charades. Caroline has shown an interest not only in music but in the way that people learn and teach music. She volunteered to spend time assisting me with teaching a third grade music class and displayed maturity and care working with these younger students. Caroline continues to take musical challenges with a good attitude and works hard regardless of the circumstance.

I have enjoyed working with Caroline for the past two years and I am proud of the growth she has made as a musician and a young adult.

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