Today I came across a comment on an academic blog I frequent https://collegemathteaching.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/teaching-evaluations/#comment-3905. To be honest, I am a college student, but one who will eagerly join your rank and file one day soon. I have the utmost respect for the profession and one day when I join you I am going to work hard to do what my great professors have done to me.
I gave a speech last quarter about Rate My Professors, and I said, among many other things, that such a place as Rate My Students should exist. Quid Pro Quo.
But when I saw this commenthttps://collegemathteaching.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/teaching-evaluations/#comment-3905 and then read through a few of your pages, it was not what I found at all. For my personal edification, I would wonder if each of your writers or editors could answer these questions for me, so as I could understand the mission of your website:
1 = Why are you anonymous? Is there something shameful about what you do? What are you ashamed of? Are you ashamed that your students will read this and see you for who you are? Do you treat your students differently in person than you do when you are cloaked in anonymity?
2 = How do you decide which students to "call out?" Do you choose ones who don't belong in college? Do you choose ones who have challenged you? Do you choose the laziest ones?
3 = What does your boss think about your activity on this blog, or are you anonymous to him as well? What would your boss say if he knew you were doing this? Would it cost you your job or your tenure track?
4 = Have any of you been rated on Rate My Professors? Is there any correlation between the way students rate you and the way you rate students? Wouldn't you think that the grades you give students are your ratings already? How would you like it if students rated you to your boss? Is that information you use when you grade student projects and presentations and capstone essays?
5 = How long has your website done this? Are there a lot of writers and editors or are you just a few?
6 = I give you credit for "telling it like it is". But is there another way of telling your students to be better students. As in a lecture or a Prezi?
Than you very much for your time. My name is Travis, but I will not give my last name, to like you remain anonymous. I hope you will take the time comment on my questions as I sincerely would like to know the answers to my questions.
Again, I'm just a student, but I have always wanted to teach, and I've only got one year left of my undergrad degree and then I hope to enroll for a certificate and Master's so that I can begin teaching as well. It's always been my dream.
But if the students are as bad as you make them out ot be, maybe not!! LOL.