It’s time to ditch school reports

Why aren’t schools innovating when it comes to reporting. Still using 20th Century tools. Time to adapt and change. Increased efficiency here for teachers and school administrators

The Thought Hub

There are some things in society we do because it’s what has always been done, even though they may not be relevant anymore. Debutante Balls, pen pals, cigarette lighters in cars, tape cassettes on sale anywhere, removing the garter at a wedding (in fact, a lot of things we do at weddings). The list goes on, and I firmly believe that school reports fall into this category.

For years kids would dread the day when their report card came home in the mail. I myself remember waiting nervously while my mother read over, page by page, my semester reports each June and December. I was often relieved that the news was relatively good, apart from the odd comment about lacking initiative and not listening carefully enough.

For a long time, school reports have provided parents and students with a useful summary of progress. Many students would keep them for future job interviews, while…

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Show them what success looks like! and they will also feel better about themselves – using formative assessment

Re-thinking the classroom

“Informative assessment isn’t an end in itself, but the beginning of better instruction.” —Carol Ann Tomlinson

For your students to learn and grow, formative assessment should be considered. There are several ways in which an educator could use Formative assessment such as evaluating student comprehension, academic progress and learning needs.

The opposite of a formative assessment is a “summative assessment” that measures the sum of a student’s learning at the end of a unit or year. Where formative assessments are used to measure progress, summative assessments measure the end point—thereby revealing more about outcomes instead of where to go in the future.

I have witnessed many of my collegues are skillfull in classroom management through my occasional “learning walk” and they seem to be most effective. While summative assessments (like unit tests or yearly examinations) are familiar curricular tools, it is imperative that teachers properly employ formative assessments to most powerfully impact their students’…

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Five Minutes That Can Change Everything


As you leader you need good judgment. You also cannot afford to be judgmental. That’s never more important than when considering the potential of the people on your team.

If you’re like most leaders you’re always watching your team to determine how effective they are in their roles. That’s good leadership. But good leadership is not good enough if your goal is to grow your organization.

Growing an organization requires great leadership and great leadership requires more than simply watching your people. It requires consistent two-way communication.

If you’re not “out there” interacting and talking with your people in an intentional manner then you’re probably missing out on the information that you need to advance from good to great leadership.

When I say “intentional” I mean very very intentional. You must make it a point to invest time each day, every single day, to learn something about someone on your…

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The Art of Coaching

Performance management has three elements—planning, day-to-day coaching, and evaluation. When I ask managers which of these elements takes the most time, they almost always say evaluation. Sometimes I hear long statements full of frustration about the forms, activities, and deadlines involved in the evaluation process. It makes me realize that people are putting the emphasis […]

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