Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Who said 'I Love You' on my feedback?!!

So I got my teaching feedback....

The short story is that after joining Economics faculty of IIM Indore, I began teaching Microeconomics to two sections of PGP (a.k.a. MBA) first term. I handled only the post mid-term part - reason - less load to new kid on the block. And as the maddening pace of teaching, quizzes, and exam ended, I rushed to submit the final grades as soon as I could and began waiting for my first official feedback. And after a lot of dillydally, snatched my feedback forms from the program office.

185 ratings on a scale of 0 to 9. It was fun reading through those anonymous feedback forms - love, hate, sympathy, encouragement, preaching, advice, blanks, and what not. Some want me to be less friendly, more authoritative, more strict, less interactive.... and some want me to be more open and more communicative. Some want another book, more cases, more sessions, only lectures and some want only powerpoint slides and lesser attention to details. Some suggest me to prepare more and be more confident and some think I am very clear with concepts and very enthusiastic and confident.

I am not sure which group to believe. In fact, one section is clearly ahead of the other in praising and supporting me. The solace is that despite this being my first attempt at teaching an IIM PGP class, I scored reasonably well. However, there are some comments I can't resist sharing. Like one guy thinks I am a total jerk and should quit teaching. He seemed so pissed off, I hope he doesn't demand a refund. But that was the lowest score-giver. Some others thought I am nice, friendly, approachable, energetic, and putting some real hard work. In fact, one girl gave me a 10 on a scale of 0 to 9. Evidently, that is some girl, as the comments afterward suggest that I am cute and lovable. On second thoughts, I wish that is not a guy.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


There is Wisdom and there is profound wisdom. And then there is XKCD.

XKCD isn't an abbreviation. It is a web-comic, created by an erstwhile NASA scientist - Randall Munroe. As obvious, the strips are full of comp-sci, tech, mathematics, geeky themes. But there also are movies, love, sex, the life, universe, and everything. Here are some of my favorites - all from XKCD.

This one helped a lot in making a choice between corporate and academia ;)

and here is the reason of all my problems -
looking for meaning in wrong places, e.g. - in the world.

and one more thing - its more fun on the website coz as you scroll over the comic strip, there is another fun-liner. Like this one -

Ahh... these truths of life. And how am I gonna encounter this one too - soon :(

Indeed... I tried matching logic with love but then, only their beginnings are common -
after two letter, they are different words and different worlds.

I wonder how 'real' the comic is. or rather, how comic my 'real' life is!!


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