Old Report Cards

December 17, 2005

I dug up copies of my report cards from those years. here are the teacher comments in their entirety:

first grade, 1950-51.

1. first quarter. james has all the potentialities of a good pupil. however, he must try to be a little neater in his written work. james must also learn to show more respect for his fellow pupils and his teacher. he must practice self-control. james has completed three pre-primers and is now in a primer. his number recognition is excellent. his letter formation is poor.

2. second quarter. james has made a fine improvement in his letter and number formation. his art work is still careless and untidy. james has completed ten pre-primers and is now reading in a primer. he has slipped behind in his reading and we hope that he will strive to be more attentive during his reading period. james has not yet learned the meaning of self-control. for his own benefit and the benefit of his classmates, he must put forth every effort to master it. james must also learn to be prompt after his recess period.

3. third quarter. the additional guidance in reading that james has received is evidenced daily. it is gratifying to see his new attitude for I realized he was letting his ability lie dormant. james has matured a great deal and is a very cooperative member of our class now.

4. fourth quarter. james is reading with the first reading groups. his word recognition has improved. he must work on oral reading — for he is rather slow in it. james does very well with number combinations and is quite able to apply his learning to everyday situations. I hope james will keep up the good attitude towards school he has developed this year.

second grade.

1. first quarter. james is capable but does not begin to work comparable to his ability. he does almost no independent reading and when he is pushed into his written assignments, they are often very carelessly done. consequently he has much time for mischief and spends his time being most disturbing to his class and his teacher. although there has been noted some improvement during the past weeks of school, there is much to be desired in his behavior. I feel he has learned very little since entering this grade as compared with the rest of the group. until he learns obedience, cooperation, and assumes an attitude of responsibility toward his work and his class, there cannot be the proper growth on his part, and he will not become the fine pupil I feel he is capable of being.

2. second quarter. James has shown much growth during the past quarter. he is beginning to feel some responsibility toward his work and the group; his attitude is less that of trying to get attention through misbehaving than that of receiving legitimate recognition through cooperation and for a job well done. however, he continues to show little interest in reading in school; it is only after much prodding that he will settle down even to his required reading. instead he has something to play with in his hands constantly. his written work is being very well done, for which he has been praised quite frequently. with continued interest, effort and cooperation, I feel james is well on hie road toward becoming a responsible and contributing member of our group. I appreciate your cooperation at home.

3. third quarter. james has become much more cooperative in the classroom. he concentrates on his written work; and though recently he has become careless in writing, he does his job quickly and well, seeming to enjoy it. he seems interested in our class discussions, and during our sharing period, has made many interesting contributions. he is very good in his number work. I believe this reading interest is beyond his reading ability. as a result we can find no reading material at school that he will try to read. he does not feel a responsibility for doing much that he does not want to do. he needs to mature and to grow in emotional control before he can become a well-adjusted member of the group.

4. fourth quarter. james’ work continues about the same. he seems to enjoy his written assignments but he still tries to see how fast he can complete them with the result that his writing greatly suffers. his spelling and phonics are quite good and he continues to enjoy his number work. a few times he has attempted reading without pressure, nearly always from a book too difficult for him. this I know is discouraging for him and he rarely ever completes a story. I hope as he matures he will realize he must read on his own level until he masters the mechanics of reading. he is becoming somewhat more cooperative in the classroom and shows more self-control.

third grade.

1. james has shown a great deal of growth in self-control during this quarter. he has a searching mind that will take him far as he learns to apply it to the matters at hand. his work has improved in neatness, though he still has a tendency to do his assignments hurriedly. this is especially evident in his art and craft activities. james has made an excellent room president and is beginning to understand, I think, that he can win the respect and admiration of his classmates with his qualities of leadership and good mind more easily than thru misbehavior.

2. second quarter. I shall be sorry to see james leave. he has displayed a great deal of imagination and effort this quarter. he learns quickly and always has many worthwhile things to contribute to the group. when his interest is captured, he Is an enthusiastic and painstaking worker. his weakness lies in language. the grammatical structure of his sentences is frequently very poor. his spelling and arithmetic, however, have reached an A level, and he reading (sic) with more expression and pleasure. james has been a challenging pupil. if he continues putting forth the effort he has shown his quarter, I’m sure he will become an excellent student.

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