… but I couldn’t not post this.
I discovered yesterday that, since TCC does all its student surveys online, I can access the results of the surveys given for my classes through the faculty portal. I am pretty excited about this because, as many of you have noticed, I’m all about the feedback.
My face-to-face class gave me really high marks. The biggest complaints were that I didn’t use the textbook enough to justify what they spent on it and that they didn’t always see the necessity in the assignments I gave them, but nearly all of them (who participated in the survey) checked “strongly agree” under the questions about my availability to them, my enthusiasm for the course and the material, the instructional methods I used, and the feedback I gave them. Not bad; not bad at all.
My hybrid kids, who were a generally surly bunch to begin with, didn’t mark me very favorably, though many of them admitted that it was more the format of the class than it was my abilities as an instructor that darkened their opinion of how the class went. The better proportion of those who took the survey said that they would NOT recommend hybrid classes to their classmates, nor would they take another hybrid class, based on their experience with this one. None of this surprises me, and I’m not taking any of it personally.
At the end of the surveys, students are given an opportunity to express whatever thoughts they may have about me as an instructor that aren’t necessarily addressed in the survey questions. One of the responses was this and, if I think about it even a little, it gives me pause.:
mrs. chilli is one of the many reasons i don’t want this semester to end. she knew so much about english and helped all of us so much. she’s a wonderful woman and i wish i could take more classes with her. I really liked this teacher’s Method of teaching. She cared about teaching every individual in the class. I noticed her effort in working on the material that troubled us most. She was firm in her expectations, but explained the exersizes in a clair, understanable way. I exspect this from a college level instructor. Thank you.
Honestly? I don’t know whether to be touched or embarrassed because, while I may have endeared myself to this student, it’s quite obvious that a lot of what I tried to teach last term didn’t find a foothold with him/her.