Graded By My Students

Through some dubious teaching techniques, I've learned to win good evaluations from my classes

As the Fall semester ended, my students had a chance to turn the tables on their teacher. They got to grade me anonymously, assessing the clarity of my thinking, my organizational skills and the depth of my knowledge. At their best, such evaluations keep me alert to what works and what does not. Students reflect my performance back to me, and I am glad to learn what they think of my teaching, so that I might try to improve.

I am also aware that the students' comments become the primary evidence of my abilities, a paper trail following me throughout my...

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