Yesterday, a teacher came and found me to stay that he ran into a student over the weekend who asked if he knew me. He didn't have this student and the answer was obvious since we teach at the same school, but just in case he also saw me over the weekend, the student wanted that teacher to tell me that she was thankful and thought I was a good teacher.
This student in particular was a huge pain but very smart. I enjoyed having her in class despite all the drama she caused. Does she know if I'm a good teacher or not though? Is her opinion valid? That's a question for the SLO people, but if she enjoyed my class, that's a good place to start. If she learned something, that's even better. If she's still using and building on that knowledge, that's the best outcome I could imagine and what I want for all my students.
That was a great way to end my day yesterday and I'm still riding that positive feeling today. Thanks student, I learned from you too. Even when I wanted you to go away for the rest of the week and was unhappy to see that you would be in class that day.. Especially then, as a matter of fact. You probably taught me way more than I taught you.
Letting students surprise you
When students say the things you need to hear
TEI Student Evaluations