Evalutations!?

So here I am, 18 years old and straight out of high school, spending my evening trying to figure out how I’m going to evaluate my students. So what you say, well, there’s a few problems with this. First, for PE, I’m not sure if something is wrong with me, or if its normal that I haven’t been able to memorize 90 Ethiopian names yet. I’ve got most of grade four and grade two because I have them for reading as well, but grade one and three, totaling about 55 students, have still to imprint their names on my mind as I only have them twice a week. So how am I supposed to evaluate every student on their PE skills when I only know the names of the kids that are extremely needy or disruptive. Secondly, how on earth to you evaluate grade one’s on their PE skills? When your trying to control 20 at a time, and teach them, it doesn’t leave much room for individual evaluations, and I’m not sure what exactly I would evaluate them on if I could. That’s not exactly true, I do have curriculum objectives from the Virginia public school system, but they are very technical and difficult to evaluate for someone who is not a teacher. My other problem is I don’t believe in giving kids these young numbered evaluations.
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I just discovered today that I have to write the reading section of the English exam for grades two and four, oh and it’s due today. Major problem is I really don’t believe in giving these kids a bunch of tests like their in high school, but I still have to write an evaluation. Grade two I think I can figure out with some of the Fables I’ve been using, but I haven’t started with the Norse Myths for grade four, they’ve just been reading books and doing book report kind of things, so I’m not so sure what to evaluate them on. I’m discovering to my horror exactly what every article about Waldorf education says is the problem with the traditional approach to teaching reading; half of the kids have a zero comprehension level. Part of the problem is also that English is not their first language.
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On their report card I have to fill out a section about their reading abilities. If I ever had any doubt about what teachers learned in their five years of education I’ve figured it out, all these complicated terms used for evaluations!
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I’m a little lost at the moment as to how I’m going to evaluate a grade two on things like: Uses knowledge of all vowel patterns, uses knowledge of homophones (what on earth is a homophone?), compares and contrasts settings, characters, and events (I did this in high school!), and identifies the author’s purpose (speechless).
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I think I’m a little standoffish due to my recent obsession with Waldorf education where there are no tests until much later in school. I remember the outrage I felt at the injustice of being given a spelling test in grade two. I still remember pleading for sympathy from mom for this incredible outrage; I mean a test! So if any of these kids complain, I know exactly where they are coming from.
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This is definitely an amazing opportunity and experience to be teaching at One Planet, I am learning so so much. If I do decide to live the povershed life of an educator it will be good experience to have under my belt.
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Zelalem has just given me the assignments of the newsletter, updating the website, and the yearbook. So I’ll be a pro with digital media by the time I get home!
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I’m glad I have experience as a coach through Sailing and Karate. I think it would be very difficult without that. I’m also glad I have such fond memories of Waldorf education from kindergarten through to grade eight, and wisdom of Waldorf to pull upon as an irreplaceable resource.
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For anyone wondering what on earth all this talk about Waldorf education here is a rather long but very rewarding article about ‘education with heart’. I strongly urge you to take a view minutes to read it, and no skimming! Title to finish, its only way.

http://www.waldorfinthehome.org/2005/01/the_wisdom_of_waldorf.html

All right, well before I conclude my evaluation procrastination by writing this, here’s how things went down in Galen’s kitchen tonight:
Browned then boiled brown rice; carrots and tomatoes soaked in some sort of sterilizing chemical, then diced along with garlic and onion; lean ground beef (the only kind in Ethiopia, that’s what happens when you let the animals exercise!) fried; carrots and onion thrown into the absence of beef grease with some vegetable oil and a splash of olive oil; once sautéed the tomatoes are added for a few seconds before the burner is switched off. Plate is loaded with steaming nutritious rice, soaked in butter and sprinkled with salt; topped with ground beef; topped with the fried veggies; sprinkled with olive oil, added spoon and enjoyed!
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You know how your supposed to just write whatever is on your mind when you have the writers block? Well I’ve been trying that out with photoshop in search of a yearbook cover. You should see interestingly abstract evidence of this below.