[warning: this post doesn't really have a point, I just need to vent!]
Sigh. Because I've been on leave since January, I never read my evaluations from Fall 2007, the first time that I taught the 500-seat Principles Micro course. But now I'm back in San Diego and was foolish enough to look at them. They aren't all bad - a number of my students are very sweet and made comments such as, "Professor Imazeki really did the best she could with a class this size," and "I don't think she needs to do anything to improve except not have so many slacker whiners in her class" (I may have to have that one framed to re-read every semester when I'm going through my evaluations!). Of course, there are the typical contradictions that I try to ignore (e.g., a bunch of students HATE Aplia and just as many LOVE it). There are also the perennial (for me) "she goes way too fast" and "her exams are crazy hard". I can accept those because I think they are probably accurate, but I also know the larger-than-usual number of such comments is because it was my first time teaching the super-sized class and I'm pretty sure I can improve the next time around.
But after all these years, I still find it hard not to be completely annoyed by the students who blame me for things that are just flat out wrong but they don't know they are wrong because they didn't pay attention, like saying that I never told them when assignments were due (apparently they missed the weekly posting on the course website), or it was unfair that they couldn't make up points when they missed class for good reason (they apparently didn't understand that when I said I'd drop their 8 lowest scores that meant they didn't lose any points for those missed classes). Maybe even more frustrating are the students who say that they want the class to be more interactive but also say they were confused by all the technology. On the one hand, I'll take that as a suggestion to do a better job explaining how Aplia works but on the other hand, it makes me just want to scream because, really, what am I supposed to do with that?!?!
Sigh. OK, back to the grind, trying to take all this 'constructive criticism' and use it to make the class better the next time...
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