Sunday, January 20, 2013

Report Cards, Blech.

So I finally finished entering report card data today.  GLORY BE, HALLELUJAH!

Does anyone else #1, have standards-based report cards, and #2, have to enter them into a program like Pentamation?  Because both are a huge beat down and definitely NOT my favorite part of my job.  :)

It's so difficult to keep up with which kid I'm typing data in for WHICH standard, I finally just created some Excel spreadsheets where I type in my grades/ratings first, then I have a guide as I enter the data in Pentamation.  OY!

So, two 9 weeks down, two more to go.  Time is flying, and yay for having tomorrow off for MLK, Jr. Day.  This is the first year my district has had the day off.  It's always been a student holiday, but this is the first year we've not had Staff Development.  Thank the good lord, because I haven't worked so hard in a LONG time as I did this week.  My week was spent #1, playing catch up from being out 3 days last week, #2, busting my butt to get 22 DRA2s completed, 22 sight word assessments completed, 22 math assessments scored, etc. etc., #3, entering report cards, and #4, lots of fun artic/antarctic/penguin goodies for my kiddos.  Hope to snap pics Tuesday to share the cuteness (all ideas from some other fab teachers, of course).  I LOVE penguins, so even though we were supposed to do the arctic/antarctic unit LAST week, I was determined!!  :)

While going through my math assessments, I had WAY too many kiddos who are still struggling with the BIG, BAD 3:  place value, coins, and time.  I created a center activity for place value, and I plan to use the Numbers to 100 set with my tutoring small group and have my whole class use it during Math Workshop (using the Numbers to 500 set).

Each set is in my TpT shop for $1.50, but I'd love to give one set away to the first 3 commenters if you're interested.  I'd love feedback or ideas for upcoming similar sets I make, such as an activity for telling time and counting coins to $1.00.

 Sorry I didn't rotate the pictures!  I create in the Mac version of PowerPoint, so everything is sideways!  :)

I also created a Numbers to 1,500 set for high achievers or older grades.

Be sure to include your email in your comment if you'd like to have one of the sets.  THANKS for reading, as always!


  1. We don't use Pentamation for our standards-based report cards, but whatever we have is super annoying!!! I feel like I am going cross-eyed when I do report cards!

    And, my sweethearts are having trouble with the big bad 3, as well! Sigh!

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

    1. Yes, cross eyed, that's exactly how I feel, lol!
      Thanks for commenting, I'll be emailing you!

  2. These are so cute and EXACTLY what my son and some of my students are working on!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

    1. Oh, awesome, I hope they'll be helpful. I'll be emailing you soon!

  3. Report cards are killing me too!!! UGH I am glad you have them finished. I would love your place value cards! My first graders would love them!

    1. It is definitely a good feeling when you're done with them! Good luck to you! Thanks for your comment; I'll email you soon!

  4. Wow, we don't have report cards that are standard based, but I imagine that's coming for everyone with Common Core. Glad I found your blog, and thanks for buying 18 Things:-) I would buy your sets, but I am hoping to be a media specialist next year *fingers crossed* I'll be sure to tell others about your blog!

  5. Thanks, Jamie! Best of luck on finding a Media Specialist position next year--I think that would be such a fun job!

    There are definitely pluses and minuses to Standards-based report cards. I think TX is the only state that doesn't use Common Core--no idea why, but I guess it's one less thing for me to have to learn?? :)


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