Course evals are in, and I’m sharing a few highlights so that I can look back at this post when I need some encouragement. (Also, let’s be real, I want to brag. This is legit the thing that I do best that I enjoy doing, and I’m so proud.)
“This was my favorite reason to come to campus.”
“I have a teaching credential. Everything I learned about how to teach, I find you doing.”
“During this course you tried to help everyone who was stuck with any problem, not all teachers do this.”
“Suggestions: Sorry, but I can’t think of any. You’re a great teacher and Foothill is lucky to have you. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.”
“For me this class was a test to see if this is what I want to do as a job. I know I’m in the right place.”
I think this “I know I’m in the right place” hit me the hardest. Computer Science has become to appear as this almost elitist field and only those that “have it” can succeed and feel like they belong. One of my goals as an instructor is to break down those feelings brought on by impostor syndrome – so knowing that this person feels like they belong is, well, one of the best things I could hear.