Ever since I started my teaching practice, I have received very stimulating and laudatory unsolicited feedback from my students. Some are in writing, whether email, thank-you cards, or even informal notes. Others are oral. Students continually drop by my office or stop me at the end of the class to tell me how much they enjoyed the class and how much they profited from the activities or discussions. They always thank me for the passion and enthusiasm I bring to the class. I have collected literally hundreds of emails and notes where my students tell me about my teaching philosophy, my support, my feedback, and even the impact I have had on their lives.
Most are impressed with my teaching philosophy. They emphasize that my “unique teaching philosophy and passion for students’ education is both rare and immeasurable”, that “[my] style is an extremely effective way of teaching and learning”, and that “[my] style of teaching is very unique and, to be honest, […] remarkable. It encourages learning, class participation, and public speaking. How many teachers can say that!?”
Students are grateful because I help them and support them. They write that my “efforts to support students in both their academic and extracurricular endeavors far surpass [my] professorial responsibilities. [My] commitment to [my] students is evident in the numerous recommendation letters [I have] written as well [my] overall support for [my] students’ post graduate work. They also tell me that “I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me today. I am so fortunate to have such a kind teacher who is so concerned about his students. You really helped me alot and I really appreciate it.” They are very emphatic and they “thank you soooooo very much for your references and recommendations. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH. I DO NOT KNOW HOW ELSE TO THANK YOU. I WOULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!!”
Students also comment on the quality of the feedback I give them. They emphasize that it is “prompt, complete, and very constructive”. Some claim they “have never received such positive comments from a professor”.
Many students also tell me that I have had an impact on their education and their lives. They tell me that “[I] inspire people to learn”, that my “knowledge, expertise, and experience have contributed greatly to our education and furthered our interests”, that “this has been a tremendous learning experience for me, academically and personally”, “people such as yourself are people that others never forget; I will remember you in ten years from now, as someone who has left such a positive image with me”, that my classes “made me think a lot more than any other course”, and that they “made a difference in the way I look at teaching in University and research”. They tell me that “I really feel like I belong in the academic university world this year, and for the most part, I owe it to you”. Others say that I am “the professor who has without a doubt had the most impact on [their] academic development and growth.” They also thank me “for giving me this motivation to work hard and study hard in your class and in others.” Others tell me that they “plan to be teachers and embody the essence of [my] teaching methods.” Some even tell me that because of my classes and discussions in my office “I have finally found direction in my life.”
Students’ notes and emails are full of superlatives, and very colorful adjectives. For them, I am “a platinum stature prof”, “awesome professor”, “a great professor”, “the epitome of excellence and professionalism”, “the best professor in the world”, “energetic, kind and soulful professor”, “an inspirational professor”, “a wonderful professor”, “a great teacher and person”, “one of the best professors ever”, “all teachers should take lessons from you”, “an entire university [should] be based on professors such as you”, “the only professor that takes into consideration the feelings and thoughts of students”, and “an excellent professor, the definition of what we hope for when we enroll.”
The following is a small selection of unsolicited feedback. I keep all notes, and emails in my personal files and they are available upon request. k