Our administrative assistant has announced it! Student evaluation forms are in our mailboxes. We must pass them out this coming week. Yaaaaay!
Why do I love student evaluation week?
1. Like robins and daffodils signal spring, student evaluations signal end-of-semester is coming! I love both signs of spring and signs of end-of-semester.
2. Once the students fill out evaluations, I feel free. I can relax with the rest of the lectures, at least a bit. I don't have to be so polite to the whiny or rude students. When students pressure me to hand out the study guide earlier than stated on the syllabus, I don't have to stress out about it.
There is this idea out there that professors at research universities don't care about teaching. But all the faculty I know seem to at least think that they care--care a lot! And my department has excellent teachers, which makes life hard for me since I have to keep up with them and their high evaluation scores. But after evaluations on Tuesday, pressure is off!