I hate doing report cards. I just want to make that clear up front. I can't get over the judgmental nature of assigning a 1, 2, 3, or 4 to students in 40 (yes 40!) categories three times per year. Some of the worst of these grades are behavior grades. I am required to assess students on behavior ranging from goal setting to respect to cooperation to effort and neatness.
I teach 4th grade. Nine and ten-year olds. 29 of them. In a 33' x 35' foot room. For 6 hrs & 40 minutes. 5 days per week. 176 days per year. Next year, it will be 32 students.
Now I contend that you could put 29 (or 32) adults in this room, for this length of time, and not one of us could 'exceed the standards' in ANYTHING that is listed on a report card under learning behavior. Truth be told, I can sometimes barely make it through an hour long staff meeting once a week without breaking some rule of propriety. Yet, we expect more of children then we ourselves are able to accomplish.
I always thought I was required to give these grades. Then I realized the reality is that I am required to RECORD these grades. So, this year, the kids are going to give themselves behavior grades. We will conference together, and I will record the grades that we determine are appropriate TOGETHER.