Well, I got my teacher/course evaluations back from my last quarter students. I've always had good feedback before, but this time around my students hated me. Well...hate might be a strong word...but I'm sure it is at least in the ball park. Here is a sampling of some of their comments about me. Enjoy.
"Was not a credible teacher. Had no credibility to be so tough."
"I think that Mr. Hales's grading was sometimes biased or unfair."
"If I would have turned my papers into another English teacher, I am sure I would have gotten a better grade."
"My friends helped me the most."
"He wasn't a very good teacher and didn't hold his leadership position very well."
"I really felt that the way he graded papers was a con to make the students believe they were becoming better writers."
"Sometimes he just talked about random things that weren't helpful." (I'll buy that one, by the way. It sounds a lot like me.)
"Only talked to one person."
"Terrible grader. Was not consistent."
"He tries to act like a tough guy." (Which was nice, because I've never been accused of acting like a "tough guy" before.)
"I did not enjoy this class only because of the professor and the way he grades. He does not compare in a positive way to what my peers say about their professors."
Well, that about sums it up. In my defense, though, I gave out more A's to this class than any other I've taught. I pushed all of them to write better and most of them did extremely well. However, I think I'll try to act less like a "tough guy" this quarter. I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings.