"bad" evaluations given by students of faculty - page 2

by goingback

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I know that we tell students to take feedback given to them in a professional way, not personal...but it is so difficult to read the student's feedback of my teaching and not feel like I am being attacked and worried for my job. ... Read More

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    It might be beneficial for all the nursing staff to have a round table discussion regarding evaluations. Perhaps co-workers can help identify any deficits or suggest strategies to overcome the negativity. I doubt the other instructors are complaint-free. Have you watched "Restaurant:Impossible" on the food channel? They tape people working in restaurants then interview them later about any negative language or behaviors. It amazes me how the workers deny they did anything wrong, even though the viewer sees it happening live. Could be the students are the same way. If you ask someone to vent, expect them to vent.
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    I've found (after 8 years of teaching in an associate degree nursing program) that students with good grades give favorable evaluations, and students with bad grades give unfavorable evaluations. It has to do with taking ownership of your education. Students with good grades say "I got an 'A'", while students with bad grades say "My teacher gave me a 'D'".
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    From a student perspective (though I can of course only speak for myself), I don't necessarily agree that a poor evaluation is because of a poor grade--nor is it necessarily due to a strict instructor. I value greatly the professors who have high expectations of me and my class, because I know I will ultimately learn the most from these professors, even if my grades aren't "perfect" (and in my program we ARE under immense pressure to maintain a high GPA, so I don't say that lightly).
    To me, the difference between a "good" instructor and one who might ultimately not get a favorable review from me is how invested in the class/material/students s/he seems--there are professors that we've ALL struggled to pass, but who are immensely passionate about the material, and I give them great reviews. Likewise, there have been courses that I would not have gone to if attendance wasn't mandatory, had the highest grades in, and felt as though the professor was reciting her material from a script she'd memorized a decade before--THAT professor got a less-favorable review. (If she doesn't care about the subject, what's to inspire us to?)
    Just my 2 cents....I'm sure not all students agree with my take on things, but I think it's less about "easy" and "grades" and more about being IN the experience with the students that makes a good professor.....
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    The teachers who recite from their power points which are taken verbatim (and yet, somehow still contain grammatical errors?) from the books we were supposed to read before lecture? Those teachers get poor evaluations from me every time, every semester so far. They are also the ones who have years of floor experience and yet cannot seem to give us any good examples of care, examples that would pound those concepts into our heads.... it is befuddling to me how some teachers CAN NOT teach but expect us to learn.

    In YOUR case, I'd urge you not to worry so much about the "fluffing." Nothing annoys me more than people complaining that they don't get enough positive feedback. If someone does something outstanding, by all means, praise them. But to my mind, we are learning to be nurses, not kindergarteners. If I don't get an outright criticism of something I do, I call it a good day!