Who likes writing report card comments for behavior? They’re not like other comments – they’re a little scarier.

For the “good” kids, easy peasy.

But you know who I’m talking about! LOL

We’ve all had those kids…the ones who drive you mad and test you constantly.

You feel like you don’t have anything positive to say about them…

Starting on a positive note is a challenge…

But you don’t want to come across as negative.

Well, your luck’s about to change because this list of behavior report card comments is your solution.

Here’s the secret sauce…

Always say something positive first about the child, even if it has little to do with academics directly.

  • Is the child always at school? (A headache for you, maybe, but a positive as far as attendance goes.)
  • Does the child get along well with peers?
  • Are they good in sports, dance, music, art?
  • When it comes to animals or interacting with younger kids, is the child compassionate, nurturing, sensitive?
  • Maybe the student shows leadership traits or an entrepreneurial spirit?
  • What about being creative in thought/ideas or competitive in a healthy way?

Most “difficult” students have a knack for something, so leverage that. You may need to dig a bit deeper to find it, but it’s there.

After stating something positive about the child, now you can dive into those behavior and work habit-related concerns in which you really want to focus.

Related Content: The Ultimate Collection of Report Card Comments for All Subject Areas (Elementary Edition)

Here are some comments to get you started…

Report Card Comments for Difficult Students

  • ______ distracts others often.
  • ______takes pleasure in making silly noises in class. I redirect him often, but it rarely works. Please speak with him about this behavior.
  • Instead of listening to others, ______ chooses to talk over them.
  • ______rarely takes accountability for his actions.
  • I see so much potential in _______. Let’s meet as soon as possible to discuss ways to help him improve in (specific behavior or habit).
  • ______is easily angered.
  • ______is overly aggressive with peers who he feels has wronged him.
  • ______has significant trouble sitting still long enough to complete an assignment.
  • _____ very often interrupts and/or disrupts others. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss this matter further.
  • ______struggles with keeping hands to herself. A behavior contract is a good next step for him. Let’s meet soon to discuss this.
  • ______ needs to learn self-control.
  • ______displays inappropriate behaviors on the playground such as…
  • ______has a hard time being truthful when confronted with personal inappropriate actions.
  • ______has to be told continuously to be respectful towards others and classroom property.
  • Even when given extended time, ______ fails to complete assignments due to disruptive behavior.
  • ______requires frequent reminders to remain on task.
  • As mentioned in previous communications with you, ______ defiance is causing daily disruption in the classroom.
  • ______reacts negatively when given constructive feedback.
  • Though______ has much potential, she significantly lacks self-discipline.
  • I love that______wants to interact with his classmates. However, he struggles with keeping hands to himself during learning centers.
  • ______has the potential to produce better work but puts forth minimal effort.
  • It’s challenging for _____ to complete a task if he isn’t supervised constantly.
  • ______has a difficult time working independently.
  • ______is wonderful in sports and has a competitive edge. However, he is argumentative when he doesn’t win or get his way.
  • ______ constantly asks questions that have been answered repeatedly and in detail.

Don’t forget…

ALWAYS begin on a positive note when writing comments for challenging students.

Drafting report card comments for difficult students can be the biggest stress of all your comments, so you might want to get those out of the way first.

Report Card Comments for Work Habits

A child’s behavior often directly affects her academic progress. Use these work habits report card comments to communicate to parents how their child’s actions affect their learning.

The following report card comments focused on habits includes a mix of positive and “needs improvement” statements.

  • Though______does eventually focus in order to complete her work, she doesn’t usually put forth much effort to minimize distractions from others. 
  • ______follows instructions the first time they are given.
  • I love that ______works well independently, but he needs to carry his weight when working with a team.
  • _______always completes his work on time, but he frequently rushes to complete work as if in competition with classmates.
  • Within a group environment, ______takes feedback positively and gives suggestions respectfully. 
  • It’s challenging for ______to complete a task if he isn’t supervised constantly.
  • ______assignments and/or homework is often or always late.
  • ______ doesn’t work well unless he has ample supervision. 
  • Even when redirected frequently,______daydreams often, and this causes her to miss essential information
  • ______always checks over his work and is very thorough with the process.
  • Though ______is very capable, getting her to focus will help to improve her work in (insert in subject area). 
  • ______has a difficult time working independently.
  • ______has a slight tendency to rush through his work.
  • ______consistently shows work that is disorganized, illegible, and/or not neat.
  • ______constantly needs reminders so that work is submitted on time. 
  • ______attention wanders often, but she promptly gets back on task when redirected.
  • Because ______works hastily, she shows frequent errors in her work. 

General Report Card Comments for Behavior

  • ______ works extremely well with others.
  • ______ is very intelligent. However, she needs to work on being more considerate of others when working in groups.
  • ______ does a competent job of completing her tasks when part of a team.
  • It is evident that ______ has a strong desire to succeed.
  • ______ is self-motivated and doesn’t over-rely on extrinsic motivations to succeed. 
  • ______has a hard time completing work in a timely fashion. 
  • ______follows instructions the first time they are given. 
  • During presentations and discussions, ______ listens attentively and respectively.
  • ______is frequently unprepared for lessons.
  • ______often loses materials and supplies needed to complete activities.
  • ______exhibits poor time management and consequently has trouble completing assignments on time.
  • _____ hardly ever participates in discussions and/or whole class activities.
  • Excessive absences and tardies are having a less-than-positive effect on ______work performance.
  • ______doesn’t work to his/her full potential.
  • ______demonstrates inconsistency in his efforts.
  • ______is highly anxious.
  • ______has significant trouble sitting still long enough to complete an assignment.
  • ______ is very slow to comprehend instructions and requires multiple repetitions of detailed directions.
  • ______asks for assistance from the teacher when appropriate.

Wrapping Up

Before closing your report card comments for behavior and work habits, don’t forget to add in 1 or 2 actionable steps that provide the next steps in helping the child to succeed.

Ending on a positive note is just as important as starting positive.

And if you’re searching for additional ways to improve behavior issues of your challenging learners, take a look at some of these strategies for tackling behavior concerns.

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