February 8, 2005

And know they love you

Filed under: Literati and Cognoscenti — tomemos @ 1:16 am

Those who know me know that I am gracious, modest, restrained, even diffident in triumph. I am not one to sing my own praises, to gloat, to make a great to-do when I succeed. But I’m about to throw that all away with the following:

Today I got the summary of my teaching evaluations from last quarter. Students gave me a rating from 1 to 7, 7 being excellent, in fifteen categories, and I got a sheet showing my averages in each category. Ladies and gentlemen, I destroyed teaching at UC Irvine last quarter. You might say I was teaching at UC Irvine last quarter. Check me out: I was rated higher than the average (for this course or for all writing courses) in every category. Only two of my scores were below 6. Some highlights: “Organization and management of class time”: 6.7; “Listened and responded to students’ comments”: 6.8; “Written comments on papers”: 6.5; “class started and ended on time”: 6.6 (what!!); “Overall”: 6.5.

Admittedly, there seems to have been a certain amount of grade inflation with these evals going on last quarter–the average overall rating was 6 for the course I taught, 6.1 for all writing courses. Clearly it was an enthusiastic fall. Nonetheless, I believe that with a 6.5 I beat the spread.

Okay, even I’m getting tired of my self-adulation here, so I’ll sign off. Still, though: I’m going to do this teaching thing. I am doing it, even.



  1. You forgot “Poops on student papers,” where you got a 6.9

    I mean – congratulations, Tom.

    Comment by Bret — February 8, 2005 @ 3:13 pm

  2. Forget that, I got a straight 7 in “Poops on student papers.” They want me to be on a panel about Paper-Pooping.

    Comment by Tom — February 9, 2005 @ 1:41 am

  3. And to think, you had your humble beginning pooping on all my papers – and I was never even your student! I’m glad your story had a happy, messy ending.

    (Seriously, that’s totally awesome. Go you!)

    Comment by julie — February 9, 2005 @ 5:32 am

  4. uhm, if I ever gave you any of my papers. please keep them. they’re yours. other than that, congratulations! πŸ™‚

    Comment by ariela — February 9, 2005 @ 9:50 am

  5. Holy shit, you’re like some sort of atomic super teacher! I’m not kidding. That beats my evals–I only got a 4 for . . . oh never mind. Good job Tom!

    Comment by Pat K. — February 9, 2005 @ 11:18 am

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