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General Chat / Teaching Stuffs
« on: January 25, 2006, 01:20:07 am »
The following was shamelessly copy/pasted from my livejournal. I apologize if it seems like I'm bragging, but I'm just in a state of *squee* right now.


At our university, the students get the chance to do "course evaluations," wherein they grade their professors and teaching assistants. Well, I was a teaching assistant last semester, and the results of my students' comments are in.

A few formalities, first:

Part of the evaluation was scantron. A, B, C, D, and E are the grades (think of E as being equal to F on the normal grade scale). The second part was just any brief commentary the students had about the teaching assistant. All comments are anonymous and randomly ordered, and I am never told who voted for what in the scantron. That's as it should be, I think. Note that the entire evaluation is strictly optional and that nobody has to do it if they do not want to.

Now, without any further ado, the results:



1. "The instructor's handling of the course (starting class on time, assigning work, returning graded work, etc.) was:"

Votes for A: 11
Votes for B: 0
C: 0
D: 0
E: 0

2. "Syllabi, homework, projects, and tests were appropriate to the course level:"

A: 7
B: 2
C: 2
D: 0
E: 0

3. "The instructor was approachable before or after class, and readily available through regular office hours or by appointment."

A: 6
B: 4
C: 1
D: 0
E: 0

4. "The instructor was respectful towards the students."

A: 8
B: 3
C: 0
D: 0
E: 0

5. Overall, I would rate the instructor as:

A: 4
B: 7
C: 0
D: 0
E: 0

6. Overall, I would rate this course as:

A: 3
B: 7
C: 1
D: 0
E: 0


In every single one of the above categories, I beat the averages for both undergraduate courses and the physics department.

Now, here's the commentary...



7. "Please supply additional comments about the course or instructor here."

- "Physics is phun!"
- "Try and be a little more leniant with the grading."
- "The instructor was excellent."
- "Instructor did a great job of helping out students who were having trouble. Made the class time enjoyable by being friendly and engaging the class. He knew the material extremely well."
- "yello"
- "Everything was just fine."
- "Very helpful, and a fair grader."


I know it's a good thing to be anonymous and all, but seriously... who wrote "yello?"

Ah well.

I'm beaming right now.

Peace out, all.


I knew I could teach... I knew I could teach...

General Chat / The Unbearably Cute Thread
« on: January 12, 2006, 07:00:18 am »
we had this at the old forum, where we all link pictures of "unbearably cute" things. i'm a sucker for such things. and the old thread worked out peachy, so here's to a redo, a couple years later...

i'll start things off:

and instantly the obligatory penguin entry has been taken care of. :)

General Chat / What do you think about my website?
« on: January 12, 2006, 06:47:47 am »
thread, thy name is, "spam."

Art / So... Anyone wanna team up?
« on: January 12, 2006, 06:41:51 am »
sorry, all; chose an artist. turns out we're doing a comedy project instead though... it just worked out that way.

i don't wanna give away too much... but i'll link it when we have some pages done.

thanks for applying though.  now we'll see if this works out. ^^;

General Chat / Why psychologists are evil!
« on: January 11, 2006, 04:27:23 pm »
my two fears in life are burning alive and loud noises.

for both of these reasons, i LOATHE fire alarms.

General Chat / Happy Holidays!
« on: December 24, 2005, 04:59:07 am »
i hear ya. i've been very lucky so far with my health, but i have several friends and family who've needed care as children. anything to bring them a little cheer is worth the effort.

General Chat / Happy Holidays!
« on: December 24, 2005, 03:01:43 am »
i'd have given more, but the majority of my charity money this year went to

it's all good, though; i just have a bit of a soft spot for children.

in any case, rock on. i still say this is the best free hosting imaginable, and i'm grateful for the service, so i just wanted to send a little "thank you." :)

General Chat / Happy Holidays!
« on: December 23, 2005, 04:23:20 pm »
merry christmas, all. :)

and a happy new year.

General Chat / Away Messages
« on: December 18, 2005, 04:18:07 am »
Sleep! That's where I'm a pirate!
shamelessly ripped from a friend of my former roommate. all i've done since is change the last word around every month. This month it's, "Sleep! That's where I'm a muffin!"

Food! It's what's for dinner.

General Chat / Music Genome Project
« on: December 17, 2005, 04:29:30 pm »
tried starting with The Alan Parsons Project, but it completely missed the point and played the worst songs they could have done from there... i mean, i understand their picks and all, but it seems there could have been better alternatives.

will try again with Sly and the Family Stone...

General Chat / Owls!
« on: December 16, 2005, 09:40:23 pm »
i always thought bats were kinda underrated m'self. ah well.

General Chat / What types of games do you like?
« on: December 15, 2005, 05:20:42 am »
anyone ever heard of a game called "Apples to Apples?"

BEST. word association game. EVER.

General Chat / Girls don't exsist on the internet
« on: December 13, 2005, 02:47:52 am »
lei: your avatar is awesome enough i gotta ask if you mind me using it at a different forum. pleeeeeeeeease? :3

General Chat / Girls don't exsist on the internet
« on: December 12, 2005, 02:08:17 pm »
i tend to think of everyone as being a living incarnation of their avatar. so.

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