Pretty_Penny Posted January 13, 2014 Share Posted January 13, 2014 (edited) So I checked my mailbox today and I had ratings on a scale of one to five of my performance as a TA from both of the professors I TAed for last semester. They had both indicated to me in person that they were perfectly happy with the work I was doing, so I didn't expect any bad ratings. One professor rated me 5/5 (excellent/well above expectations) on everything and had only good comments. The other rated me 3/5 on everything, which indicates good/meets expectations. This was unexpected. This professor's comments said I was not proactive because I didn't engage with students in the mini discussions they had in class, which was not something I was ever told I should be doing during the semester. The only time it was suggested I participate in these discussions was when one student was purposely not participating and I was told to talk to her next time if she didn't find a classmate to talk to. We have discussions mid-semester about how everything is going. If this professor had a concern with my performance, why wasn't this brought up then? I am a first-year and have never TAed before; there was no training whatsoever - they just throw you into the fire. The class was in my area, but a part of my area that I have little familiarity with. Why refuse to tell me I'm doing something wrong and then rate me lower because of it? I'm trying not to take this too hard, but since it's a professor evaluation I feel it should be taken more seriously than student evaluations. The worst part is that the other grad students in my area got 5/5 from all their professors even though one was consistently behind in getting work back to students. Edited January 13, 2014 by Pretty_Penny Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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