RateMyTeachers.com Offers Teachers Ability to Respond to Their Ratings

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Starting today, teachers, students and parents can join RateMyTeachers and respond to all ratings.

RateMyTeachers.com, the leading web site for middle and high school students to comment on their teachers, today released the latest upgrade of its site, which includes functionality that enables teachers to comment or “rebut” comments made by their student’s. Released in beta earlier this month, this new feature has been rapidly embraced by teachers, spurring significant volume of student/teacher interaction.

RateMyTeachers.com, a Bolt Media website, currently reaches almost one million teens a month. Since the sites launched in 2001, over one million teachers have been rated in more than 47,000 schools in North America. In total, students have input more than 8 million teacher ratings on the site, with thousands more being added every day.

Site co-founder Michael Hussey explains the purpose of the new “rebuttals” feature:

“Since the beginning of the site, teachers have asked for the opportunity to respond to their ratings. We always encouraged teachers to respond in the classroom – but now, teachers can also use RateMyTeachers to further engage students in a safe discussion over the quality of their teaching. RateMyTeachers is succeeding in highlighting those teachers who are connecting with their students and helping other teachers improve their approach. We receive daily emails from teachers thanking us for this service.”

Some school officials around the country fear the student input that RateMyTeachers enables, and have banned access to the site from school computers. However, the majority of teachers and administrators appreciate the thoughtful student feedback. Ken Raftery, a teacher at Brooklyn Technical School in Brooklyn, New York is typical of the tens of thousands of teachers who take the feedback from RateMyTeachers to heart. "The student said I think too highly of myself. I think they meant I compliment my teaching skills too much during a lesson. But I said to myself that might be annoying."

With the assistance of over 5000 student moderators, RateMyTeachers reviews every teacher rating before it is posted to the website. Over 70% of student’s comments are positive. Any libelous, malicious or vulgar comments are removed. If a teacher is at odds with any rating, they can easily flag the rating to request a second review.


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