Classroom Management Tips for Progress Reports

Among the most tedious and time-consuming tasks that teachers face a couple times a year are progress reports. These classroom management-tasking reports are designed to give parents a heads-up if their child is doing academically, points out potential red flags, and offer advice on possible improvements students and parents alike can undertake to improve things.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based on the East Coast, answers the perennial question, “How do you use classroom management to write an effective report that will get results?”

Her specific classroom management tips to answer that question include:

  • Record Everything
  • Plan Ahead
  • Writing the Report
  • And More!

Janelle sums up her article in this manner: “The goal of writing a progress report is to help parents stay informed on how their child is doing currently in your class. If you do not want your students to see the report, then you should either mail it directly to the parents, or send it home in a sealed envelope.”

Do you have tips on writing effective progress reports? What are some of your dos and don’ts? Please share your expertise with your fellow educators, we would love to hear your ideas.

How to Build Your Professional Development PLN

Today, we look at the importance of PLNs within the education world. Just what is a PLN?  It’s A self-created set of experts, colleagues, and resources ... that meet one’s daily learning needs.” More simply, it's, “An extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning."

Why is it important to build a PLN? Today on, frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray looks at the reasons why educators need a PLN:

  • It helps you grow professionally
  • If forces you out of your comfort zone
  • And more!

Jacqui also instructs us on how to build a PLN. Her ideas include:
  • Reach out to others in your field
  • Use #hashtags
  • Always answer questions and acknowledge comments
  • And more!

 All in all, the imp[ortance of having a PLN can’t be emphasized enough.

What are some of the ways you build and cultivate your PLN?