I wish I had the time to work on a novel right now. I would love to be part of the National Novel Writing Month. I have been working on something probably just as huge as a novel though. I’ve been putting a lot of work into these things too. They will be published and scrutinized over as well. They will be read by anxious children and nervous parents.

Give up?

They are the first-term report cards.

It sure is a lot of work writing report cards. It doesn’t seem to matter how many years you have done them either. They are always time-intensive affairs.

The worst part about report cards is that they really miss the point. I can’t say exactly what I want to say because they have to go through specific channels and filters. Each principal has his or her own idea of what the report cards should look like.

It is almost universal now that the report cards be positively worded. I always make sure to say something positive in every comment but the truth is, there are some negatives that need to be highlighted.

Parents and students need to know what they need to work on to become better students and raise their grades. I can tell them these things in no uncertain terms. No I can’t. I’m not allowed. I need to be flowery and say nothing.

Report cards suck!

I wish I was writing a novel instead. In fact, I feel like I am writing creatively with some of the comments I have been writing. I wish I could share them with you but they are a private government document. So I’d better not.

4 responses to “NaRepCarWritMo”

  1. Well, if you are getting out some creativity even in just writing report cards, that’s better than nothing, eh? I find myself doing that often; if I haven’t been writing a lot and we have an essay question on a test, even in something as unbearably boring as science, my essay turns into a masterpiece and I kind of want to keep it.

  2. Hi Alexis,

    I really have to play with the wording so that it sounds positive, says what I want to say, and fits in the limited amount of space I get. Although, I don’t want to keep these things. I just want to be done with them.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. I love that, how report cards get read anxiously by parents and students 🙂

    Sounds like you are gathering enough material for your novel someday. Don’t give up on your dream. Good luck!

  4. Hi Pink Ink,

    I plan to start writing my next project after Christmas. By that time, things should have fallen into routine in the classroom and I won’t have to spend so much time and energy on the class.

    Thanks for stopping by.