Is it possible for an instructor to make a note in the grade book on a specific student's assignment? Not a comment for the student to see, but a note in the grade book for the teacher's future reference? Something like, "submitted to me via email" or "got all vocab questions wrong this time." Or if I gave a student an extension or excused an assignment, I might like to make a note for myself about why I did that ("med" or "death in the family") so I can remember when I'm writing comments at the end of the term.
I know there is a "notes" column where we can make one general note about a student, but this would be an option to make notes for ourselves about a student's performance on an assignment or assessment that aren't for the student to see.
Hello there, @KristaFalcone ...
The only option that I am aware of within "Grades" is to enable the general "Notes" column:
I did try searching for existing Feature Ideas here in the Canvas Community, and I wasn't able to find anything (unless I've overlooked something) related to adding notes to specific assignments within a course. So, you might want to consider submitting a new Feature Idea around that topic.
Sorry that I don't have better news for you, but I hope this has helped to answer your question in some way.