I’ve taught at the same university over the past three years. During that time I had to struggle to improve my student evaluations. That is, the students gave me low scores. Over the last year, I changed my classroom procedures to improve my evaluations. Did that have an effect? Yes, it did. My evaluations finally showed improvement over the two most recent semesters. Congrats to me! Can I definitively say what I did to improve my evaluations? Was there a formula? Was there one special method? To these questions I can only answer: “no”. Personally, I’d like to see my evaluations rise higher and faster next semester. Yet I am still at a loss for what truly constitutes a job good enough to garner higher evaluations. Everyone has an opinion on this matter. The worst part about it is that some of those people are my bosses. The best part about it is that although I cannot definitively point to something that helped me yield more positive feedback I know one thing for sure — never give up and keep trying new things. This reminds me of the Winston Churchill quote I came across recently: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. Therefore, I will enter the next semester with lots of enthusiasm! Congrats to me for sticking it out this long! Cheers!