Reports, a better way


  1. Student reports every June and December for 30+ years, how many hours I wonder? Now that I have stepped out of the classroom and into school leadership I am spending just as many hours proof reading reports that others have written. Is there a better way, I wondered?

    Queen's Birthday Weekend, Melbourne 2013, I posted a tweet ... I was thinking out loud ...

  2. Is there a better use of my time? Would more time spent evaluating, reflecting on and planning for individual student learning, more time spent focusing on the future rather than writing about the past be more productive and effective? Is there a better way?

  3. Seems others were thinking the same, asking the same questions ...
  4. The responses on Twitter, led me to ask more questions. What is the purpose of reporting? Is a twice yearly report the most effective way? How can I make a difference?

  5. And the big question .... Am I a typical parent? In retrospect I would have much preferred an ongoing update that was timely and relevant rather than a twice yearly report. Do our parents feel the same? And if they don't, do we work with them to change their thinking? 
  6. So what does this all mean ... for now it means I continue to keep an eye on the trials being run by @rakt @richielambert @troymoncur and others. It means I go back and read @melcashen's blog post on Why it's time to say goodbye to report comments . It means I start sowing seeds and continuing to ask the question ... Is there a better way?
  7. If we only do what we have always done, we will always get what we have always got. What are you doing to change the status quo?