I picked up my course evaluations the other day, and as usual I was more interested in the narrative comments than the numbers. My grad students gave me a ton of feedback, all of it very good--both in the sense that it was complimentary (lots of comments about my "rigor" and how much they'd improved as writers and thinkers) and in the sense that they provided some smart suggestions for minor adjustments.
My Shakespeare students gave me less feedback, but some of it was similarly useful. Multiple students, for example, identified one day's unconventional discussion activity as their favorite class; based on their comments, I'll definitely incorporate similar activities in the future.
But most of my undergraduates' feedback wasn't useful, as it generally is not. I guess I like knowing that my students perceive me as "enthusiastic," that I can achieve the incredible feat of making Shakespeare "not boring," and that they love love love my shoes and wardrobe--but although I appreciate what are intended as compliments, those issues aren't ones about which I had any doubts or concerns.
Even less helpful were the two students who noted that they were "intimidated" by me. What does that even mean? It might be a (vague) criticism of my teaching style or personality, or it might be an indirect apology for not taking advantage of my office hours or seeking me out for help. Or it might just be an observation: "I noticed you have brown hair. And also, you intimidate me."
Seriously, dudes. What unuseful student feedback have you gotten?