Discussion in 'General Education' started by Mathemagician, Aug 16, 2012.
Aug 16, 2012
How do you do?
I don't tend to, but just did. Only a couple of ratings, but I liked what I read!
Nothing about me, mixed but generally positive reviews of my father, GLOWING words about my mother.
Well, one student has me confused with the dean, who has apparently given her demerits she most certainly didn't deserve The dean and I both have Italian last names.
Beyond that, I have 35 ratings, and I'm flattered.
Never even heard of it before.
I just checked and I don't have any reviews. Honestly I bet kids misspelled my name if they left anything. But those who share my last name sure got some nasty reviews!!
It's funny because there is one teacher in my district who teaches AP English and a senior elective, and he goes on to leave himself BAD ratings. His rationale? It will cut down the number of "flakey" students who take his course. It's funny because he has pages of bad comments sprinkled with a few good ones from actual students haha.
I've found it to be surprisingly accurate...
Follow-up question for all: Do you think it is okay for admins to consider comments there when making hiring decisions?
I taught a student a few years back, who did well in French on the assignments she handed in. The problem was that she handed in assignments approximately 50% of the time. So, her mark reflected that.
At the end of that year, 2 or 3 of us teachers were sitting in the staffroom and we decided to check ourselves on Rate My Teachers. Well, under my name, a student had written that I was the WORST French teacher ever. That this student had gotten over 90% on all of her assignments, yet I still only gave her a 60%. Well, I knew it was that student. She was the only on who had gotten a mark that low that semester. So, to an outsider, it may look like I'm being unfair or poorly calculating grade, or just being a monster when in reality she wasn't taking responsibility for her own actions.
I think students react with emotion much moreso than adults. In the moment, it won't be about how much they learned, but whether or not they LIKED the teacher.
I have no problem with students evaluating teachers. I think it could guide my practice quite a bit. A colleague of mine regularly has his students evaluate his class. Through that, he learned that a lot of them had a hard time seeing when he wrote in red marker. But, I think the evaluation needs to be guided. Maybe a bunch of yes or no questions with a spot for comments at the bottom. Much like how I evaluated my university professors.
I haven't checked but as a teacher of 10-year-olds I doubt there's anything on there about me.
As Alice said, one student confused her with someone else. While that may be just one negative out of fifty glowing reviews, those critical words have a way of sticking with people even when common sense tells them to let it go.
I wouldn't suggest they even bother going to the site.
As to the original question, I am not rated.
I'm not rated either, but I don't think it is very useful. Most ratings are going to come from students who either love you or hate you.
Some student groups are more into using it, but if you poke around, most teachers have only a handful of ratings--not a reasonable sample size.
I just checked my school. Every single chem teacher has a boatload of one star reviews. I'm positive those are not all deserved.
I just checked, and I have 11 ratings. My most recent rating was from 2005, though.
All of them are good, except for one that mentions how I like to yell at students. :huh: It was written in 2004, and if my memory serves correctly I had an extremely rowdy group of students with lockers outside my classroom that year. Since most of my interactions with that group consisted of me yelling at them to get to class, I would put money on the fact that one of them wrote it.
I know that my administration has read comments on there on the past, but they definitely don't use them in any sort of evaluative way! They looked at it more when the site first came out for curiosity if nothing else!
I'm not on there.
I don't think I really care what a 12 year old would write about me online.
I'm not on there..
I'm not on there. Most of the teachers from my school are not on there.
I am not on there and neither is anyone from our school.
That site was very popular many years back and now has undergone a complete transformation, is less user-friendly, has more ads, etc. in an attempt obviously to get it to make more money for the owners. Glad this one is dying off.
As for me, I'm not on there.
One of my favorites was "He's a nice guy, but he doesn't know a whole lot." I had to chuckle at that one.
I am not on there.
I'm on Rate My Professor, and it's all positive (so far!) but I really don't care.
Obviously 8 year olds aren't really posting on the site, but I did use ratemyprofessor in college when choosing classes. It's kind of like apartment ratings...you know some people are going to go on there with an ax to grind, but if many, many people are saying the same negative thing, that's a red flag to me.
Aug 17, 2012
Yeah, there's some comments from disgruntled students ( parents perhaps? ). All I care about is my end-of-year evaluation.
I check it a couple of times per year and give myself and my colleagues on there maximum ratings each time.
None of our students seem to use it. There was some activity in 2006/2007 it seems, but nothing since then!
Funnily enough, the only ratings on there for any teacher in my school are for the teacher who previously held MY position and was let go. They are not good... and also clearly written by parents.
Like others have said, if I was rated on there I don't think I would take what a middle school student posting anonymously said too seriously.
My entire school is not on there.
There is 1 other teacher with my last name. In the whole US. However, it is a guy, so definitely not me!
Aug 18, 2012
Many students in my school use ratemyteacher. I just checked, and the comments are pretty good overall.
My school is not on there. A few teachers from my former school are. But the reviews are old.
LOL. Too funny. I needed that.
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