I have a complicated relationship with course evaluations. Decades of research shows that there exist strong biases in course evaluations on lines of gender, race and other identity markers. As such, I recognize that I often receive high course evaluations based on factors outside of my actual teaching ability. That said, I make it clear to my students that I am invested in learning and incorporating their experiences, perceptions, and opinions about my courses as I continually rework and revise my teaching efforts. I emphasize that one way in which they help me to improve is through providing candid feedback on both midterm and end of term course evaluations. So while these evaluations do not represent definitive evidence of my effectiveness as a teacher, I personally find some value in them.