I just got my student reviews back from the last class I taught. Basically, at the end of the class, my students got to fill out a form saying if I was a good teacher, if they learned anything, etc., and then had the option to write additional notes about/to me. Oh, and did I mention that the dean gets to see all of this? Yeah...
As this was my first attempt at teaching, I was more than a little nervous.
But...they were good! Don't get me wrong -- I am soooo not bragging here. I see my flaws as a teacher better than anyone else, and I'm desperately hoping next year I'm better and continue to get better each time (And I think the students were just being nice on their comments.). They wrote such sweet things that it really made my day. I had a LOT of comments, too, which really surprised me...and NONE of them were bad.
"You have been one of the most understanding professors I have ever had. Your patience and willingness to explain things (sometimes more than once) has been the biggest help to me this quarter."
"L. Lane ROCKS! I loved copy editing and hands-on experience. I want to take another one of your classes."
"Thank you! =)"
I mean...who's day WOULDN'T be made with that??
So what's making you happy on this Friday?