Look at the graphic Slate put with my evaluation story–which they made the cover today, whee!

The story has been #2 all day–DAMN YOU PRUDENCE*!–and as with PowerPointless, I didn’t even have to piss off thousands of people to write something popular. What a relief.

Anyway, is this not hilarious? My students don’t look at me like this–all right, a few have now and then, fine–but it should look familiar!

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*UPDATE! Check it out! I’m #1, ever so briefly! I’ve vanquished you this time, Prudence (OMG totally kidding, I have been reading Prudie religiously since my age started with a mid-2!).

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Update #2! Ever so briefly-er, I was Double #1, which hasn’t happened since the Essay Essay. Huzzah!!!

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8 thoughts on “HA

  1. Loved the story. I didn’t want to post my worst eval comment on your FB site with my name on it, but it was “if I ever found out I had just 3 hours to live, I hope it would be in this class because it would last forever.” This was a class where students were unwilling to engage with my carefully crafted small group discussion questions and activities, so I reverted to too much lecture.


  2. Many administrators were once professors, are intelligent and necessary. It’s insulting to generalize that they strictly care about money. A successful institution requires everyone working together to create the best possible educational experience for students. Perhaps we should evaluate that.


  3. I’ve been thinking about your evaluation story a lot. It’s a good story, people are filling out evaluations on me right nowish; moreover, if I wasn’t doing popular writing, blogging, tweeting, I’d be grading. I choose not to be grading.

    There need to be ways in which students can provide protected feedback to and on professors. I don’t know if signing it does the trick, but it might.

    I’ve been reading some defenses of the evaluations – mostly from tenured profs, most but not all white male – people who by definition have made it through the job market lottery to at least a tenure-track job. What I have yet to hear is why the positives of the eval systems, such as they are, outweigh the demonstrable inequities, biases, stupidities, and other problems you point out. I don’t expect to hear such an argument, as I don’t think there is one.

    My question is how to persuade folks of that in this age of mandatory assessment.


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