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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dangerously Irrelevant

Early this morning in the library, before the school bell rang, with a hundred kids surrounding me just begging me to confiscate their hot chocolates, iPods, and PSPs, I had this conversation:

Student: "Ms. NPW, do you know about that website that rates teachers?"
NPW: (warily) "I've heard of it, Sam. Why do you ask?"
Student: "You're on there! Wanna know your score?"
NPW: "Not interested, Sam. It's not a popularity contest here in the library."
Student: "Oh don't worry. It's not bad! I mean, it's not good. But it's not bad!"
NPW: "Thanks for that info, Sam. Now step away from the computers."

Counter to my normally curious nature, I actually couldn't care less what my score is. But is it wrong that I want to know how the kids rate everyone else? I think it could be very interesting to compare my professional assessment of my co-workers with the kids reviews. Must... resist...

The internet: turning teaching into a popularity contest, one survey at a time.


Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

this is both sad and funny.

I responded back to you on my blog, just so you know, I was going to email you but I don't have your e mail.


12:29 PM

Blogger Krista rocks hardcore!

i am officially linking you...i can't believe it took me so long!

2:51 PM

Blogger Lisa rocks hardcore!

I've heard of that site... it hasn't made it's way to elementary yet, or at least not my school!

4:30 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Jenn- My mother is very sad that piece is gone, and also slightly miffed at me for not immediately responding to her request for me to buy it by hanging up with her, logging on to my mobile webservice, and whipping out my credit card to do it all by phone.

What I mean is, could you possibly do another one like the trees one she loved?

K- Hooray! I do love links.

L- It seems to come and go in waves here- sometimes the kids forget it exists, then one brings it up and it's like wildfire.

Of course, my sister had to immediately call me after she read this post to say she looked me up and my "scores" are all v. good. So, go me.

7:26 AM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

I looked up some of my old teachers' ratings online, and it was refreshing to see that the class of 2009 were also frustrated by my English professor who writes random words on the chalkboard and draws arrows at them as he teaches, all while looking out the window. The only difference is now he's obsessed with DVD players, and I can't believe that technology didn't exist when I was in college. I admire your restraint on looking at your scores!

8:09 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Noelle- I couldn't contain myself, I had to look up my old high school. While it was vaguely satisfying, it was also uninformative- not even a mention of the teacher that just got arrested for molesting a 13 year old girl on school grounds.

12:39 PM

Blogger Tori rocks hardcore!

When I found out about this site, my heart started racing.
Luckily I wasn't in there but some of my former teachers and co workers were.
How horrible!

8:09 PM


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