The Ultimate List of Words and Phrases to use in Reports and Assessments

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The Ultimate list of Words and Comments to use in Reports and Assessments


Some report writing tips:

  • Keep the tone of the reports constructive encouraging and positive Here’s a list of phrases and words for you to use.
  • Start on a positive note.
  • If a child is having difficulty say so Also tell the parents what you are doing to help him/her.
  • Never say the child is having problems without giving a possible solution.
  • Always close on a positive note, giving a boost to the parents’ confidence. Let them know how proud you are of what the children have been doing and how much you are looking forward to what’s to come.

The List:

  • _____ has matured nicely this year academically and socially
  • _____________ continued to blossom as the year progressed
  • Thank you for your interest in _____________’s attitude
  • _____________ has had some problems adjusting to our room, as you know from my reports to you
  • _____________ is a pleasant, conscientious student
  • _____________ is a wonderful girl and I’m happy to have had her in my room
  • __________has made nice progress this reporting period
  • _____’s attitude toward school is excellent
  • _____’s work habits are improving
  • A pleasure to have around
  • Actively engages in working carefully and conscientiously
  • Adapts easily to new situations
  • Admirable
  • All activities are neatly and accurately done
  • Although _____________’s growth in social maturity is continuing / it is not consistent
  • Although he has had some difficulty adjusting to our class, he usually tries to cooperate
  • Always cooperative
  • Anxious to please
  • Arrives at school each day with a smile, ready to learn
  • Asks and answers questions that demonstrate understanding
  • Asks questions or seeks clarification when needed
  • Attempting
  • Brings fine contributions
  • Bubbles over with enthusiasm
  • Builds on other’s ideas and expresses her own clearly and persuasively
  • Can be very helpful in the classroom
  • Can count to ______
  • Can follow directions
  • Caring
  • Classroom attitude shows improvement
  • Completes work with quality in mind
  • Comprehends well, but still works slowly
  • Concentrates well
  • Confuses the sounds ___ and ___
  • Consistent
  • Consistently makes good choices in all parts of the school day
  • Consistently uses personal best effort on a daily basis
  • Cooperates well
  • Cooperative
  • Cooperative, well mannered
  • Creative
  • Cries easily
  • Demonstrates behavior that sets the standard for our class
  • Demonstrates hard work and produces quality results
  • Diplomatic
  • Disorganized
  • Disruptive in class
  • Does a great job with
  • Does colorful and interesting art work
  • Does good work
  • Doing strong work in all areas
  • Eager
  • Energetic
  • Enjoys discussing the stories
  • Enjoys dramatization
  • Enjoys listening to stories
  • Enjoys participation in conversation and discussion
  • Enjoys spending time with friends
  • Enthusiasitic about school in general
  • Enthusiastic
  • Enthusiastic about participating
  • Evaluates what he/she hears
  • Excels at
  • Excessive absences
  • Excessive talking
  • Excessive tardiness
  • Exhibits creativity
  • Exhibits excellent attitude
  • Experiences difficulty following directions-when unsure needs to ask for questions
  • Expresses ideas clearly
  • Finds it difficult at times to it is helpful to
  • Follows directions
  • Follows directions carefully
  • Follows projects through to the end
  • Gaining more self-confidence
  • Generates many original ideas
  • Gets along well with other children
  • Gets along well with others in the classroom and/or on the playground
  • Gets upset easily
  • Good adjustment
  • Good attitude
  • Good worker and attentive listener
  • Grasps new ideas readily
  • Growth
  • Had trouble with
  • Hand work is beautifully done
  • Handles disagreements with peers appropriately and diplomatically
  • Hard worker
  • Hard worker
  • Has a cheery demeanor that has made her a friend to many in our classroom
  • Has a good attitude towards school
  • Has a good grasp of
  • Has a good oral vocabulary
  • Has a passion for [subject area] that shows through the resolve he puts into every single assignment
  • Has a pleasant disposition
  • Has a pleasant personality
  • Has a sense of humor
  • Has a sense of humor and enjoys the stories we read
  • Has a sense of humor we all enjoy
  • Has a tendency to
  • Has an excellent attitude
  • Has been consitently progressing
  • Has earned a very fine report
  • Has good (poor) fine-motor skills
  • Has great potential
  • Has great potential for
  • Has improved steadily
  • Has many insightful ideas to share with the class
  • Has shown a good attitude about trying to improve in ___
  • Has shown strong growth in ____
  • Has the ability to follow directions
  • He is maturing nicely and I hope this continues
  • He is self-confident and has excellent manners
  • He/She assumes responsibility well and has a fine attitude
  • He/She still needs strengthening in the concept of _______
  • Helps others
  • His friendly sincere way has made him a very popular member of our class
  • I am hoping this recent interest and improvement will continue
  • I enjoyed having _____________ in my class
  • I enjoyed having _____________ in my room
  • I have enjoyed the association I have had _____________
  • I hope you enjoy your new home!
  • I’m working with him/her to
  • Imaginative
  • Improved tremendously
  • Independence still developing / Independent / Is gaining independence
  • Independent learner
  • Innovative
  • Interacts well with peers
  • Interested in
  • Interrupts others
  • Intrigued by
  • Is a clear thinker
  • Is a role model for our class with his good behavior
  • Is a self-motivated worker
  • Is a steadfast conscientious worker
  • Is a very happy well-adjusted child but ___
  • Is able to
  • Is able to blend short words using the vowel(s) _____ with /without assistance
  • Is able to colour within the lines
  • Is able to separate work and social times
  • Is able to transition easily from one activity to the next
  • Is always willing to help a classmate
  • Is an active listener and important member of group discussions
  • Is an active participant in small and/or large group discussions
  • Is an active participant in small group discussions
  • Is an attentive student
  • Is an inquisitive learner who enjoys analyzing situations and making new discoveries in all parts of the school day
  • Is becoming more self-reliant
  • Is challenged by
  • Is continuing to grow in independence
  • Is cooperative and happy
  • Is developing a better attitude
  • Is eager to learn
  • Is enthusiastic during the ____ activity
  • Is especially good at ______
  • Is friendly and cooperative
  • Is gaining self-confidence
  • Is hard-working
  • Is inconsistent in his efforts especially in ___
  • Is interested in books and reading
  • Is kind caring and friendly character makes her a role model for classmates
  • Is learning to be a better listener
  • Is learning to be careful cooperative and fair
  • Is learning to concentrate
  • Is learning to listen carefully
  • Is learning to listen to directions more carefully
  • Is learning to play by him/herself
  • Is learning to share and listen
  • Is maturing
  • Is not very appreciative of the value of ( time courtesy sharing neatness accuracy)
  • Is pleasant and friendly
  • Is polite to adults and peers in and out of the classroom
  • Is polite to peers and/or adults in and out of the classroom
  • Is respectful of others
  • Is showing interest and enthusiasm for the things we do
  • Is still learning to colour within the lines
  • Is strong in
  • Is strong in _____
  • Is too easily distracted
  • Is very helpful about clean-up work around the room
  • Is very thoughtful
  • Is willing to take more risks
  • Is willing to take part in all classroom activities
  • Is working above the level of his/her peer group
  • Is working well in all areas
  • It has been a pleasure to have him in my class
  • Knows the basic shapes
  • Leader
  • Learns new vocabulary quickly
  • Let’s find a way to solve this together
  • Listens carefully
  • Listens to the ideas opinions and comments of others without interrupting
  • Listens well and shares ideas frequently
  • Looks at books for pleasure
  • Makes friends easily
  • Makes friends quickly and is well liked by classmates
  • Makes little effort when not under direct supervision
  • Making good progress
  • Making progress
  • Making steady progress
  • Manages his feelings and emotions well in the classroom
  • Many of her difficulties occur on the playground and she then carries a poor attitude in the classroom
  • Mature vocabulary
  • Needs encouragement in
  • Needs frequent encouragement
  • Needs help with
  • Needs lots of repetition and practice in order to retain vocabulary
  • Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion
  • Needs to be urged
  • Needs to improve classroom attitude
  • Needs to improve respect for others
  • Needs to listen to directions
  • Needs to pay attention in class
  • Never
  • Now accepts responsiblity well
  • Now knows and is able to use _____ consonant and vowel sounds
  • Often completes work early
  • Often seems tired at school
  • Original
  • Participates in group story telling/news
  • Participates well in class
  • Pays attention to detail in daily work
  • Perceptive
  • Performs well in everything he undertakes
  • Persevering
  • Persistent
  • Phonics – (is able to distinguish has difficulty distinguishing) sounds in words
  • Pleasant student to work with
  • Please encourage him to do things on his own
  • Positive attitude
  • Possesses good self discipline
  • Problem solver
  • Quality
  • Quality of work has improved
  • Quality of work is improving
  • Reacts appropriately in adverse situations
  • Requires
  • Requires incentives
  • Requires too much supervision
  • Respectful of others
  • Responds appropriately to other’s comments during partner/turn-and-talk time retells events from a story in a sequential manner
  • Responds well
  • Risk taker
  • Sacrificing neatness for speed in his ______ activities
  • Seeking
  • Seeks information
  • Seems eager to improve
  • Seems reticent about
  • Seems to be more aware of activities in the classroom
  • Seems unable to finish required work
  • Seldom
  • Selects carefully
  • Sets a standard for others
  • Shares appropriate and relevant information
  • She assumes responsibility well excels on the playground and is well liked by her peers
  • She has made many fine contributions to our
  • She is a big help in seeing that our room looks clean and pleasant
  • She is a sweet and cooperative child
  • She still needs guidance and support from both you and me
  • She’s helped to make my year a pleasant one
  • Should be encouraged to _____
  • Shows a need for
  • Shows compassion
  • Shows initiative; thinks things through for himself/herself
  • Shows perseverance in all he does
  • Shows perseverance on challenging assignments
  • Skilled in
  • Speaks clearly
  • Speaks in good sentences
  • Speaks with confidence to the group
  • Special talent for
  • Stays focused on the task at hand
  • Still learning to listen to instructions
  • Striving
  • Struggles
  • Superior
  • Tackles new challenges seriously/eagerly and with a positive attitude
  • Takes an active part in discussions
  • Takes pride in work well done
  • Takes the thoughts and feeling of others into account before speaking or acting
  • Takes turns talking
  • Thanks for the help I know you have given her
  • Thanks for your cooperation
  • The following suggestions might improve his ____
  • There has been a noticeable improvement in _____ this reporting period which is very encouraging
  • Thinks clearly
  • Thorough
  • Thoughtful
  • Treats others fairly
  • Unable
  • Understands complex tasks
  • Unusually mature
  • Uses (complex simple) sentences
  • Uses class time constructively
  • Uses colorful words
  • Uses common sense to problem solve independently and in a positive manner
  • Uses higher level thinking strategies to apply learned skills to new situations
  • Uses the phonics skills to attack new words
  • Usually
  • Volunteers often
  • Wants responsibilities and follows through
  • Welcomes
  • With __________’s ability to apply herself to each task she should receive much satisfaction from her future school experiences
  • With ____’s friendly cooperative attitude she will always be a pleasant addition to any class
  • Won’t
  • Words to be Wary of
  • Work in the areas of ____ has been extremely good
  • Work is not neat
  • Works best when
  • Works hard
  • Works independently and stays on task
  • Works independently on assignments
  • Works too slowly
  • Works very well with others in a group
  • Works well
  • Works well
  • Works well in groups
  • Works well with her class mates

Adapted from scholastic.com and Teachnet.com

About Andrea Sciarappa

The heart of any pre-school comes from three places. • Firstly, from the Principal of the school, because that is who sets the ethos (yes, it is a bit lonely at the top, but that's why Tools for School is here). • Secondly, from the teachers and other staff. • In third place, is the office because this is the central place from which everything that happens in the school is organised. I have 20 years of experience in pre-school management, and it is my passion and privilege to share all I know about pre-school management with you.
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