I got my student evaluations today and I must say that I am disappointed. They were all over the place, but its the bad ones that really feel like a punch in the gut.
There are some things I need to keep in mind:
- Students are fickle. They like to complain. At a place like this they feel entitled not only to learn, but to be entertained.
- Introductory courses are terribly difficult to teach, both in organization and content.
- There were good evaluations and those were probably the ones from the good students.
- It was hard to teach this class being gone so much, including when I had to spend time in Boston when Sara had her kidney stones.
Enough self-pity and back to packing.