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Woo-hoo! Perfect score.

Had to share this: I was just going through last semester's student course evaluations and got the most pleasant surprise.

(Aside: We got our evals back late this semester, because the new policy is that the Department's secretaries need to type them all up before the prof's can see 'em; evals are anonymous and go to the sec's first... anyway.)

So: I just got my first perfect set of student evaluations! Every student in my English 562: Advanced Technical Writing course last semester ranked all 14 aspects of the class a perfect 5.0. W00t! And I got an almost-perfect for my English 564: Advanced Technical Editing course, with only one student ranking two elements at 4. Wowee!

Students in my English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing - required for several majors rather than elective for the Advanced courses - ranked every element of the course except for textbook [natch] over 4.5, so it would seem that my students feel I do a pretty good job. This is the best way to start the semester!

Best,
Chris

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weaselmom
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic! I'm so pleased for you!
mckitterick
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Me too. Revising syllabi with a big grin now.
tessagratton
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really incredible!

One of the most entertaining things about the WS I taught were the evals. Most of the responses were good and just what we expect/hope for. But some of them wrote things like, "I hate feminism" or "we only talked about stupid things in this class and abortion is wrong!"

heehee.
mckitterick
Jan. 23rd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah, once in a while I get really un-useful feedback, but mostly it's helpful in revising for the coming semester.
jamer_31
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
congrats man.
clevermanka
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
You rock star, you!!!
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shellyinseattle
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Great job, Chris! It's always nice to know that your enthusiasm and knowledge is appreciated.
mckitterick
Jan. 23rd, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I know! That feels better than a great review from a manager.
jaylake
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
You really scored! (with your students)
Congratulations on those evaluation scores!
It seems as though you made good impressions where-ever you headed with the classes you taught.

theoneinblue
Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Damn! Way to go, and keep working that magic!
mckitterick
Jan. 23rd, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Thankee! I'll do my best, though I'm not sure what it was that I did that worked so well, so how does one continue to do that unknown thing? Hm, best not to over-think this.
blzblack
Jan. 23rd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Rock on! That's excellent news, my friend.
mckitterick
Jan. 23rd, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Yes indeederinos!
silverfae
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
wow, that's great.
Yes, do not overthink it... you've done this from inate talent and so save the tech-think for the course itself.

I'd love to try technical writing. some thing about that just appeals to both sides of my brain.
mckitterick
Jan. 24th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, it appeals to both of my brain-sides, too.
acommonreader
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Wow, Chris! Fantastic, babe!
indigodreamer
Jan. 24th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
That really is amazing. Congratulations again! :)
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