For a long time I have thought that keeping good records and providing solid feedback to parents and students is an area where Waldorf teachers often falter. We are well-intentioned – we don’t want our students to feel judged or as though their entire self-worth is determined by the feedback or grade we give them. And we don’t want families to worry if their child is a little dreamy and not progressing like other students.
But it is just as important that we keep an eye on our students’ development. Watching and understanding your students’ development is an important part of your work as a teacher. This all-important practice will help you to be confident that you are on the right track and serving your students well.
I’m really proud of the tools that I have created over the years to keep records and provide feedback to my students and their parents. I’ve found them incredibly useful, and I think you will, too.
Included in this Record-Keeping and Evaluation Kit you’ll find the following documents.
- Developmental Skill Checklist — a simple way to keep track of your students developmental skills like tying shoes, crossing the midline and losing teeth.
- Student Observation Form — a more in-depth document to really get to know your students.
- Parent-Teacher Conference Form — my favorite format for preparing for parent-teacher conferences.
- Week in Review Sheet — based on the reflective practice recommended by long-time Waldorf mentor Else Göttgens.
- Main Lesson Book Evaluation form — a simple little form for giving students feedback on their main lesson books. I used this form in 5th and 6th grade.
- Main Lesson Page Tracker form — a great little form for your students to use to keep track of their work. The tracker includes a simple rubric for scoring main lesson pages (a practice I started in 6th grade.)
- Middle Grades Sample Block Evaluation Form — a key-based (non-quantitative) evaluation format I used with students in 6th and 7th grade.
- Upper Grades Sample Block Evaluation Form — a quantitative evaluation format that includes sections for main lesson book, academic, studentship and citizenship categories. Useful for 7th and 8th grade.
All of these documents are included in both pdf and docx formats, so you can edit and customize them for your own students.
These documents are also available via my Record-Keeping and Evaluation E-Course, if you’d like audio recordings with more information about how I used these forms and other feedback recommendations.