Ever wondered what your students say about you behind your back? In today’s Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) there is an article about a website called Rate My Teachers where students are able to go online and rate their teachers and leave a comment according to the following four categories:
When I first saw the website I immediately checked what students had said about me and my school. I’m not sure if I was relived or annoyed that I hadn’t received a mention as of yet! What I was surprised at was just how many teachers had been added and the number of ratings each teacher had already received. I looked up both primary and high schools some of which were just small schools with a relatively small student population. Seems like the word is definitely out there amongst the students.
Leaves me wondering a couple of things:
- Is there any way to protect your reputation and defend yourself against claims made about you? You can contact the site owners but there is no c0mmitment from them to answer your complaint.
- Will the education department will put any weight behind these ratings when appraising their teaching staff under the latest push to reward teachers based on their performance.
What are your thoughts?