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Sep 20, 2018

Personalized Progress Reports with Screencastify

Nefertiti Dukes
Professional Development Manager

In almost every instance, progress reports are ineffective. They often fail to make it to parents and provide minimal detail even when they do.

But, a progress report narrated with Screencastify can be a real intervention for struggling students. Look below for three benefits of narration:

Personalized commentary

Not all grades are created equal. Timothy might be failing your class because he never turns in homework. Meanwhile, Susan might be failing because she does poorly on tests and quizzes. Sending a video to accompany a report allows parents and students to dive into problems and create a unique game plan for improvement.

Tip: It’s never a bad idea to send home a video interim report for a star student either.

Show how much you care

At its core, teaching is relational. For students, the realization that their teacher cares can be an important motivating factor. Traditional progress reports can fail to demonstrate genuine concern. But, a personalized message shows students that you're invested in their success.

Tip: Even if a student is performing poorly, take a minute to highlight what they are doing well.

Explain your perspective

There will always be a disconnect between school and students’ home life. When you narrate grades using Screencastify, parents get the opportunity to hear why a student is performing poorly from you. This could be the perfect opportunity to clear up any misconceptions and gain an ally in parents.

Want to see how well this can work? Nef from Screencastify illustrates how to narrate student grades and push for improvement below:

Looking for more ways to incorporate Screencastify in your classroom? Check out our community of screencastin’ educators on Twitter.

Nefertiti Dukes
Professional Development Manager

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