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50 "Needs Improvement" Report Card Comments

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Needs Improvement- all topics

  1.  is a hard worker, but has difficulty staying on task.
  2.  has a difficult time staying on task and completing his/her work.
  3.  needs to be more respectful and courteous to his/her classmates.
  4.  needs to listen to directions fully so that he/she can learn to work more independently.
  5.  is not demonstrating responsibility and needs to be consistently reminded of how to perform daily classroom tasks.
  6.  works well alone, but needs to learn how to work better cooperatively with peers.
  7.  does not have a positive attitude about school and the work that needs to be completed.
  8.  struggles with completing his/her work in a timely manner.
  9.  gives up easily when something is difficult and needs extensive encouragement to attempt the task.
  10.  gets along with his/her classmates well, but is very disruptive during full group instruction.
  11.  has a difficult time using the materials in the classroom in a respectful and appropriate manner.
  12.  has a difficult time concentrating and gets distracted easily.
  13.  is having a difficult time with math.  Going over _____ at home would help considerably.
  14.  is having a very difficult time understanding math concepts for his/her grade level.  He/she would benefit from extra assistance.
  15.  could benefit from spending time reading with an adult every day.
  16.  is enthusiastic, but is not understanding ____.  Additional work on these topics would be incredibly helpful.
  17.  is having difficulty concentrating during math lessons and is not learning the material that is being taught because of that. 
  18.  understands math concepts when using manipulatives, but is having a difficult time learning to ____ without them.
  19.  is a very enthusiastic reader.  He/she needs to continue to work on _____ to make him/her a better reader.
  20.  needs to practice reading at home every day to help make him/her a stronger reader.
  21.  needs to practice his/her sight words so that he/she knows them on sight and can spell them.
  22.  needs to work on his/her spelling.  Practicing at home would be very beneficial.
  23.  can read words fluently, but has a difficult time with comprehension.  Reading with ______ every day would be helpful.
  24.  could benefit from working on his/her handwriting.  Slowing down and taking more time would help with this.
  25. is having difficulty writing stories.  Encouraging him/her to tell stories at home would help with this.
  26. has a difficult time knowing when it is appropriate to share his/her thoughts.  We are working on learning when it is a good time to share and when it is a good time to listen.
  27. needs to work on his/her time management skills.  _______is able to complete his/her work, but spends too much time on other tasks and rarely completes his/her work.
  28. needs reminders about the daily classroom routine.  Talking through the classroom routine at home would be helpful.
  29. is having a difficult time remembering the difference between short and long vowel sounds.  Practicing these at home would be very helpful.
  30. is struggling with reading.  He/she does not seem to enjoy it and does not want to do it.  Choosing books that he/she like and reading them with him/her at home will help build a love of reading.
  31. frequently turns in incomplete homework or does not hand in any homework.  Encouraging _______to complete his/her homework would be very helpful.
  32. does not take pride in his/her work.  We are working to help him/her feel good about what he/she accomplishes.
  33. does not actively participate in small group activities.  Active participation would be beneficial.
  34.  has a difficult time remembering to go back and check his/her work.  Because of this, there are often spelling and grammar mistakes in his/her work.
  35. does not much effort into his/her writing.  As a result, his/her work is often messy and incomplete.
  36. is struggling to understand new concepts in science.  Paying closer attention to the class discussions and the readings that we are doing would be beneficial.
  37.  is reading significantly below grade level.  Intervention is required.
  38. does not write a clear beginning, middle and end when writing a story.  We are working to identify the parts of the stories that he/she is writing.
  39. is struggling to use new reading strategies to help him/her read higher level books.
  40. is wonderful at writing creative stories, but needs to work on writing nonfiction and using facts.
  41. has a difficult time understanding how to solve word problems.
  42. needs to slow down and go back and check his/her work to make sure that all answers are correct.
  43. is not completing math work that is on grade level.  Intervention is required.
  44. is struggling to understand place value.  
  45. is very enthusiastic about math, but struggles to understand basic concepts.
  46. has a difficult time remembering the value of different coins and how to count them.  Practicing this at home would be helpful.
  47. would benefit from practicing math facts at home.
  48. is very engaged during whole group math instruction, but struggles to work independently.
  49. is able to correctly answer word problems, but is unable to explain how he/she got the answer.
  50. is having a difficult time comparing numbers.    

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