so i have received my evaluations from the students i was a teaching assistant for this semester. for the most part they were good. infrequently funny or insulting. i will provide some highlights here, although that is a very unprofessional thing to do. i am also providing bracketed running commentary, which is not only unprofessional but also a blatant defense mechanism.
“I felt that some of the topics she brought up were too obscure, and that caused some of her lectures to be boring.”
[i lectured three times. i admit that i was probably boring, but i talked about female authorship, the relationship between language and power, and the implications forwarded by the title the autobiography of my mother. i don’t see how any of these topics are “obscure.”]
“she only graded one of my papers. she liked it, so i liked the grading.”
[i appreciate this gentleman’s honesty.]
“when people were not responsive, it was usually because they hadn’t read the material, not through any fault of her own.”
[i appreciate this. and a similar comment appeared on, i would say, at least a third of the evaluations. does no one read the book?]
“what may help victoria perhaps in the future is if she thinks through the questions she wants to ask more from a student’s perspective. at times the questions seemed a bit vague and general and probably should have just been told to the students instead of asked. questions posed to the class should make students try to think through a problem or situation so that they come up with enlightening or creative thoughts. when victoria hit this spot on in class, discussion soared.”
[this evaluation was actually extremely long and extremely helpful… and while i don’t think i agree with “just telling” the students the answer to anything, i appreciate evaluations like this.]
and my favorite…
“she has very high potential.”
[thanks. i’m glad you’re confident i’ll make it through.]
and in other grad school news, HUZZAH! i have written 20 pages of milton. i am confident that at least 15 of those 20 pages are good. tomorrow i’ll reread the whole thing, check my references, whip out a works cited page, and officially declare the fall 2005 semester DEAD.