Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Today at work, I decided that it is time that I start putting together my evaluation portfolio. I got out the book by Danielson that our evaluation system is based on and I typed the four domain section pages. Next, i started each of the sections--most of the four domains went from A to F, and there were from 2 to 5 items listed under each of those. The heading pages for my evaluation binder totals 80 pages. Yes, you got that right--80 pages or 76 pages that I need to enter materials in if I am going to prove that I am a "distinguished educator." I am totally wondering if it is important for me to be anything but a standard or average teacher as opposed to doing all of this work to show who I am. This is a lot of writing and copies and photos. Again, as I mentioned in a previous blog--is it right that my evaluation should be so much work for me??? An evaluation has always been the employers assessment of an employees competence, not an "innocent until proven guilty" type activity. I was going to start photographing lessons and activities to show my efforts as a teacher, but I am really going to have to figure out what I need to accomplish in this activity that must be completed every two years.
On a far different note, I am really getting to the end of the afghan I am making for Miles. It is what he likes, with the big color being camoflage. I had a lot of black yarn--or so I thought here, but after I started using some of it, I realized that there were two different shades of black. I had been using the one that was more dull than glossy in appearance, so I decided I would go to the local yarn stores and get some more--but I couldn't get even a close match to it. Last night, I took out the dull black off of half of the squares I made and placed it on the others. I used the shiny color on the remaining squares so it would be part of the pattern. I am now putting these pieces together and will have to get more black yarn as I work things together. It is turning out nicely--not exactly what I like to do as a rule. I get a lot of pleasure out of mixing colors and playing around with different combinations--camoflage is what it is with that drab, army green and shades of brown and black. However, my son really likes what he sees when he comes in and sees what I am up to. Everyone has their favorites! I should have it finished by the weekend and I will take photos and share it. I think I am going to try an article of clothing before I make the next afghan for one of the kids.
There isn't much going on in my world. My work days have been calm this week--the child who has been disrupting my class hasn't made it long enough to get to my room yet this week. I sure hope that somebody, somewhere is helping to get him a specialist who can deal with his outbursts each day. I am worried about him, no doubt about it. I did need a break from all of the behavior and issues, but I hate getting it this way.
Wednesday is already here...It seems like it has been a short week--or I have been so busy, I didn't notice things flying by like this. Tomorrow is my day to bring a crock pot dish to the week-long pot luck we are having. I am taking chicken rice tacos, an easy and tasty (and healthy) dish to share tomorrow. The chicken is simmering now.
Take care and enjoy the day...