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Math Report Card Comments

Problem Solving

  • _____ is not able to retell key information from a word problem.
  • _____ exhibits a strong math foundation.
  • _____ has significant trouble following clear steps to solve higher-order thinking word problems.
  • _____ experiences difficulty in strategically applying a problem solving strategy to solve a word problem.
  • _____ rarely explains thinking processes using pictures, numbers, and/or words.
  • Even with accommodations and/or modifications, _____experiences difficulty with (replace with any reading skill or strategy).
  • _____ has a hard time using context clues to figure out the meaning of new words.
  • _____ able to clearly verbalize problem-solving strategy to peers.
  • _____ has a deep understanding of how to strategically apply a problem solving strategy to figure out a complex word problem.
  • _____ isn’t able to justify answers using evidence and/or clues from the word problem.
  • _____ produces outstanding work in applying mathematical skills in project-based learning activities.
  • _____ consistently struggles with (insert any math skill/strategy).
  • _____ rarely makes an attempt to ask for help when he or she does not understand a concept.
  • _____ is performing below grade level in (insert any math skill or strategy).
  • _____ almost always identifies and ignores irrelevant “added information” within word problems.
  • _____ comprehends the importance of key vocabulary in solving word problems.
  • _____ becomes easily overwhelmed with the information present in complex math word problems.
  • Though_____ is making gradual steps to improve (insert math skill or strategy), progress is delayed due to…
  • _____ limited vocabulary impedes his understanding of word problems.
  • With assistance from the teacher, _____ accurately solves complex math problems.

General Concepts

  • _____ needs more practice in memorizing basic addition, subtraction, and/or multiplication facts.
  • _____ accuracy and speed of responding to math facts is strong, fair, or weak (choose one).
  • _____ puts forth much effort. However, (insert any math skill or strategy) is still difficult for him/her.
  • With the use of manipulates, _____ frequently and accurately solves more complex math problems.
  • _____ is experiencing difficulty memorizing basic math facts.  
  • _____ frequently uses manipulatives appropriately and effectively.
  • _____ demonstrates a solid grasp of (insert any math skill or strategy).
  • _____ converts between (insert any two metrics, e.g. inches to feet) easily.
  • _____ is having trouble with (insert any math skill or strategy).
  • _____ exhibits a strong foundation in (insert any math skill or strategy).
  • _____ struggles with higher-order thinking word problems.
  • Even though she has a hard time understand harder concepts, _____ refuses to use manipulatives.
  • _____ shows difficulty in applying math skills in project-based learning activities.
  • _____ is inconsistent with reading and writing numbers over 100,000 and/or 1,000,000.
  • _____ progress in learning (insert any math skill or strategy) is not consistent.
  • _____ is struggling to maintain mathematical grade-level expectations.
  • _____ has shown strong growth in (insert any math skill or strategy).
  • _____ understands place value up to…
  • _____ shows difficulty in retaining math processes.
  • _____ consistently and accurately sorts and classifies (insert appropriate topic, e.g. shapes, 3D figures, colors, etc.)
  • _____ frequently forgets math processes, strategies, and/or basic facts.
  • Even with accommodations and/or modifications, _____struggles with (replace with any math skill or strategy).
  • _____ seldomly uses anchor charts to assist with learning.
  • _____ effectively uses the math word wall to aid in understanding complex math terms.
  • _____ shows difficulty with multi-step math problems.
  • _____ demonstrates a natural knack for numbers.
  • Even after repeated modeling by the teacher, _____ is unclear on how to solve multi-step word problems.
  • _____ exhibits precision with analyzing various types of graphs.
  • _____ applies mathematical knowledge with few errors.
  • _____ math progress is moving slowly due to a weak math foundation.

Work Habits

  • _____ takes pride in her work.
  • _____ has significant trouble sitting still long enough to complete an assignment.
  • _____ difficulty with (insert any math skill/strategy) is caused by lack of paying attention.
  • _____ very often interrupts and/or disrupts others.
  • _____ demonstrates a positive attitude even when math problems get challenging.
  • _____ gravitates towards more challenging word problems.
  • _____ is frequently unprepared to begin math lesson.
  • _____ often loses materials, manipulatives, and supplies needed to complete activities.
  • _____ asks for assistance from teacher at appropriate times.
  • _____ exhibits poor time management and consequently has trouble completing math assignments on time.
  • _____ has the potential to produce better work but puts forth minimal effort.
  • _____ demonstrates a healthy attitude towards math.
  • _____ hardly ever participates in discussions and/or whole class activities.
  • It’s challenging for _____ to complete a task if he isn’t supervised constantly.
  • _____ distracts others often.
  • _____ has a difficult time working independently.
  • _____ reacts negatively and/or becomes highly discouraged when given constructive feedback on math assignments.
  • _____ constantly asks questions that have been answered repeatedly and in detail.
  • _____ is very slow to comprehend instructions and requires multiple repetitions of detailed directions.
  • Even with accommodations and/or modifications, _____struggles with (replace with any math skill/strategy).
  • _____ frequently rushes to complete work as if in competition with classmates.

More Student Remarks for Elementary Math

  • Unnecessarily sacrificing accuracy for speed causes _____to have lots of careless errors in her math work.
  • _____ has to be told continuously to be respectful towards others and things (such as math manipulatives).
  • _____ demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • Even when given extended time, _____ fails to complete assignments.
  • _____ lacks confidence in himself and his mathematical abilities.
  • _____ exhibits lack of confidence in mathematical proficiency which has affected his work performance.
  • _____ math assignments and/or homework is often or always late.
  • _____ eagerly approaches challenging math tasks with a positive and confident attitude.
  • _____ requires frequent reminders to remain on task.
  • Excessive absences and tardies are having a less-than-positive effect on _____ work performance.
  • _____ doesn’t work to his/her full potential.
  • _____ makes careless mistakes due to not revising work carefully.
  • _____ consistently turns in math work that is disorganized, illegible, and/or not neat.
  • _____ participates fully during math discussions but sometimes talks excessively and interrupts others.
  • _____ actively participates in the math lessons most of the time.
  • _____ a significant number of absences have affected work performance.
  • _____ has a very difficult time staying focused on the assignment or activity at hand.
  • _____ struggles with keeping hands to herself during group work and math learning centers.
  • _____ requires a high level of encouragement in order to complete most higher-order thinking math tasks.
  • _____ significantly lacks self-discipline.
  • Instead of listening to others, _____chooses to talk over them during math group work.
  • _____ is inconsistent with his efforts in math block.
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Next Steps for Improvement

  • The following modifications/accommodations in the area of math will be helpful to implement:
  • _____ will continue to work within small groups and one-on-one with the teacher at least two times a week.
  • I suggest _____ participates in after-school tutoring x number of times per week.
  • It would be helpful to review at home with _____ …
  • _____ would benefit from…
  • I strongly encourage _____ to (insert any action that will help to improve situation + how often) in order to improve (insert issue).
  • For a (specify a time frame), let’s implement an intrinsic/extrinsic reward system to motivate _____.
  • During the summer, continue to… (insert any action that will help to improve situation + how often) in order to improve (insert issue).
  • I recommend….
  • I suggest having _____ continue studying…
  • _____ needs more opportunities to…
  • Review x number of times each week the math skill/strategy of …
  • In order to increase proficiency in (insert any math skill/strategy), _____ requires assistance with learning tools such as…
  • Let’s schedule a follow-up meeting/conference for the date of …. to discuss…

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