the least wonderful time of the year
My course evaluations from the fall semester just arrived. It's always interesting to read what the students had to say, even though I don't put too much stock in evaluations. There's pretty good evidence that evaluation scores correlate very strongly with grades. If a student expects to get an A, she'll give you high marks. Conversely, if a student is failing and knows it, there will be long rants about the UNFAIR GRADING in this course and the cOMPlETELY unREASONABLE PROfeSSOR.
You learn to not worry about it too much.
Anyway, my evaluations from the fall were fine. And I think this may be the highest praise I've ever received:
"...Even better is that I still don't know her political affiliation and that is talent."
It was, of course, followed in the stack by one that said, "This course was well tought."