If you have to write recommendations for students, particularly college recommendations, you know how difficult it is to think of something interesting or unique to say about each student. In large schools, sometimes it's difficult just to remember the students we had in class last year or two years ago. When a student needs a recommendation from you, give him this form and tell him to complete it and return it to you with the necessary information.
When you receive the completed form from the student, you should have 90% of all of the information that you will need to write a good, persusasive recommendation with specific examples to illustrate the points that you make.
When I started using this form, it drastically decreased the amount of time it took me to write a good recommendation for a student, and my recommendations were much stronger. As a result, I no longer dread it when students approach me to ask for recommendations.