Also got an email from a former student who essentially said, “I really hated you for the entirety of the course because everyone else i knew had an EASY first-year writing teacher and you were HARD, but then you gave me an A- for the course and I realized you weren’t that bad. Also it turns out all the friends who had easier teachers didn’t learn to write and are all having a hard time. So that’s great, I guess.”
And….like….yes. Also thanks for those nasty end-of-term evals, it totally is ok now that you’ve realized I was teaching you a thing that was actually necessary.