Today I was observed in class. My advisor came in and sat and watched and took a lot of notes. And my students talked and debated and were brilliant. And my advisor said I'm a natural, that TAing has made me more sure of myself and that I did an excellent job. Wonderful!
And then, I got my student evaluations back. They were great, excellent, wonderful. They have been typed up so I don't know who wrote what. On the grading scale, out of 5, I got 4.27. So, here's some of my favorite comments:
In response to the following question, How well does your discussion section provide an environment that encourage your participation?
Warm like a peat-stove in the height of winter.
How well does your TA answer questions and clarify concepts relating to the course?
She obviously have a wide body of knowledge of the material.
She seems very knowledgeable.
She explains things beautifully.
Please comment of the principle strengths of your TA and on ways your TA could improve?
Her knowledge and passion for the topic are definitely her strengths. She's a fine TA, no real weaknesses.
She is down to earth - not intimidating at all, educated.
She always does a great job guiding discussion and encouraging participation.
No complaints. Her strengths are her organization. No detectable weakness.
Principle strengths: Honesty, great attitude, friendly and well versed in Soviet history, a good TA.
How well does the TA arouse your interest in the course and stimulate your thinking?
Discussion is never boring.
Very passionate and involved with course work/topic.
She does a great job to provoke thinking.
And my absolute favorite:
I have been aroused and stimulated during discussion.
I don't remember doing that, but you are welcome!