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Posted on Sunday 23 January 2011 at 11:04 am

I don't suck!


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This past semester was my second time teaching. Since the first time I taught was not only the first time but was also a course about which I don't as much, I wasn't too surprised when the written comments I got back from my students included things like "stuck too closely to the textbook." While I was at my parents' house, the summary of the numbers part of the evals from this past semester were posted online. I felt better about this class since I went in with some experience already and was teaching in my focus areas. The numbers confirmed that the students thought I was better. I was a little higher and around the school-wide average, sometimes higher and sometimes lower, on basically every question. Since the school-wide average is for everything, major specialty courses, surveys, etc., being right around average on a survey is pretty good since those tend to be a little lower.

This morning I went up to school and picked up the physical evals with the written comments. Most students don't do written comments. Out of my 33 students, 27 filled out evals, but only 8 wrote something. Two of the written comments were neither good nor bad, really. One said he wished I spent more time on the Civil War and one said I made a subject about which the student "new" nothing interesting but also that there was too much reading. The other 6 have me over the moon. They say things like...

-Very enthusiastic, shows she cares, more helpful than most professors, and one of my favorite courses
-LOVED HER! Great Class!
-One of my favorite courses at the College! You're an AMAZING Teacher who inspires your students

They're all like that! Not only does this make me happy just because, you know, positive affirmation of one's life work is always good, but also because lots of teaching job apps will eventually ask for copies of evals from a past course and now I have a truly fantastic set to give! YAY!!
Ecstatic
Feeling: Ecstatic

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Dorothy
labellerose at 4:20 pm on 23 January 2011 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! I'm happy for you!
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 6:58 pm on 23 January 2011 (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome, Rachael! I know I'd love your history class. *hugs*

I see you read Lamb recently. I got about halfway into that and couldn't deal with it anymore. I thought it started out great, but the whole Chinese section with the fighting bored me and I couldn't keep on, lol.


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