Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Responsibility, Initiative and Self-Regulation all have to be judged as "N-needs improvement", "S-satisfactory", "G-good" or "E-excellent" for every student. At only 7 weeks into the school year...???!!! One thing some of my colleagues and I have been working on is making the descriptors from the report card more "student friendly", in terms of language, in order that we might communicate the look-fors more effectively to students.
Below are two examples, Independent Work and Collaboration, which we use with students as we are developing criteria by which they can self-assess. These criteria are posted in the room and referred to throughout the year. They also form the basis for a Learning Skill-specific activity we complete together as we discuss each Skill.
Below is a tracking sheet I am going to try out for Term One reports. The descriptors are copied almost verbatim from the report card, with some fine-tuning (so they make more sense "at a glance"!) As I move about my classroom taking note of the things students say or do that may link to a specific learning skill, I can jot these down in my binder, or even on a sticky note which I can then transfer to the appropriate spot on the record sheet. Later, the anecdotals can be used to construct comments for the report card.
I am hopeful that this organizational tool will make accurate, descriptive comments more effective and efficent come January!