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July 10th, 2006

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11:28 am - Final Evaluations
I hope all of you are doing well. To those of you who are done already, congrats!

I just had a question regarding the final evaluation forms. When you are filling out your own self-evaluation, how are you handling the "Not Competent/Competent/Exceptional" ratings?

"Competent" seems rather ho-hum, while "exceptional" seems a bit too much. BUT, to highlight those areas you feel you excel at, are you putting down a few exceptionals?! Just curious...

Take care, and I hope to see some of you at the retreat in August!

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Date:July 10th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)

Final Evals

I tend to be modest on my self-evaluations. I think you're right about highlighting those areas that you excel in with "Excepetional." I prefer to have a more modest evaluation for myself and let more of the "exceptional" ratings come from my committee and supervisor (if indeed that's what they decide).

Date:July 10th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
hi maren!
my supervisor and i agreed that those categories are dumb :)
that being said, i guess i tend to do what you said- put "exceptional" in areas that i feel are my strongest.
i can't believe internship is almost over! are you sad? i am!
but i'm happy that you will be at the retreat!! yay!!
Date:July 13th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I, too, tend to leave the 'exceptional' ratings to my supervisor and support team, with the exception (no pun intended) of one. But, that's because I can back up my 'exceptional' with lots of anecdotes about how supposedly 'exceptional' I am at a certain something. I'm not ringing my own bell here; I'm just saying that there is only one exceptional on my form from me. That's because I am my own worst critic. I am a Scandinavian-Lutheran after all--we generally don't like to toot our own horn by saying, "I'm exceptional" at anything. God forbid. ;)
Those categories do seem a little off, though. I know there are times where my support team would like something a little more in-between. There is always room to grow and learn and it seems like the choices we're given are set in stone and nothing will ever change about our skills as pastors in the future. Hmmmm...
I have a few questions, too. Like: Do we really fill out the bottom of the first page on the eval.? The part where we fill in the little box and either recommend ourselves for ordination or not? It seems kind of funny to be there. I can see why it's there for the supervisor and the support team, but for us to fill it in?
How are those final reports of the project going? Yeah...
Oh, and how about those Approval Essays? I've got to get motoring on those because they are due (for me) in a few very short weeks. YIKES!!
I pray the Good Lord will lead you all through these times of final paperwork, final sermons and good-bye parties. I pray the Spirit will guide your answers to the essays so that you may shine for your candidacy committee. And, may Jesus hold us and our hurting hearts as we go away from the places that have shown us the love and grace of God in new and moving ways.

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