Need input from college freshman students or instructors
This last semester my evaluations from students scored high on areas such as testing, engaging students, learning applications, and the pedagogy of teaching. Despite this, the students overall rated me as a lousy teacher.
I did not receive ANY written feedback from ANY student as to what was bothering him/her about my teaching despite opportunity to do so.
Other teachers have sat in the classroom and watched my style, and rated me well. I have been videotaped. The only constructive criticism I have had was to have one teacher tell me I should pick up the pace of lecture. That's fine.
But, what is it that the students want from me or any teacher? Are teachers supposed to be mother/father/ringmaster/disciplinarian/psychiatrist/scholar/leading expert/entertainer/career counselor?
Is teaching a true calling, like(some)clergy? Any insight is appreciated.
Another one (teacher) bites the dust.