Saturday, December 11, 2010
Rate My Teacher Revisited
That being said, I do believe teachers should be rated by their students, but not rated on an anonymous website. The end of the term in the college brings ratings with it. This week, my classes were handed a form in which they were able to make real comments about me. I don't see the comments while they are being written, in fact, I won't see them until May, when the students I now have are a distant memory. These ratings are used by the college and help the administration decide whether an adjunct should be rehired or not. When I get them back, I read them carefully, enjoying the praise and appreciating the criticisms because these words are the words that can help me become a better teacher. There is no ballot stuffing as each student only gets one vote. The votes are truthful because they come from the people that listened and learned from me all semester, written anonymously, with no fear of repercussions for unflattering comments. If a student has some negative, or positive things to say that are perhaps, not true, that is fine because these comments are combined with all the others to give a total picture of who I am.
While grading teachers is a good idea, rate my teacher is not.