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Should Students Be Allowed To Grade Their Teachers Essay Topics

  • GRade the TEAChers

    In some districts, student surveys, could become part of how teachers are assessed.

    In understanding a student’s true potential, educators only scratch the surface through standardized testing. It’s somewhat understandable why students are graded in this fashion, but how should teachers be graded?

    While the method of student assessment is still an important debate, something that deserves a bit more attention is the assessment of teachers. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, teachers are normally evaluated through random observations and their student’s test scores. However, just as standardized test scores are an inaccurate representation of a student’s knowledge, these evaluation methods are usually inaccurate of how well a teacher performs in class.

    Karen Hoover, a teacher in Washington, D.C., believes student input should definitely count in evaluations. “As long as they are made aware of the meaning, value, and importance of honest opinions, and there is some sort of checks and balance system in place, it’s a really good idea

    According to an article from the New York Times, some of the U.S.’s largest school districts have started implementing student surveys created by Panorama Education, a tech startup run by two young Yale graduates. Panorama Education claims that their surveys are a reliable tool to “measure student perceptions of teaching and learning.”

    Anyone is able to freely download a sample of the survey from Panorama Education’s website. It asks questions that cover an important range of categories. These categories include pedagogical (teacher) effectiveness, classroom environment, expectations/rigor, student engagement, supportive relationships, sense of belonging, interest in subject and grit. Each category has around 5 questions with answer choices that range from “very false” to “very true.” These surveys not only evaluate teacher effectiveness, but the effectiveness of students as well.

    The feedback is useful and important,when it is used for improving teaching

    The US is complaining that our schools aren't in the top rankings on a worldwide scale. The only "solution" that officials can come up with is to lengthen the number of school days. How would lengthening the school year help if you have poor quality teachers? No one will find out if teachers are bad if the students can't grade them. I do agree that there are some flaws on this system (I am a student myself, I should know) some student will give bad grades because of personal grudges. How were these grudges developed in the first place? There must be some reason. There will also be the children who are to shy to give bad teachers a lower grade. Despite this, there will be some students who honestly grade their teachers. It will give the whole school I sight on what needs to be changed in the school. I believe that it would be a smart move to let children (maybe grade 6 and up) to grade their teachers because the bad teacher will receive honest grades from the students 'mature' or not.

  • What if they

    What if they are aliens and u want to got rid of them because they are planning on taking over the world? They could be hiding some type of really powerful gun that can explode the earth within one hit? They kids should be able to grade their own teachers.

  • To allow teachers to see there progress as educators

    Students should be able to grade their teachers because when the are graded the want to grade right back trust me. When i finish a test and get a good grade i want to write a letter or even verbally telling them thank you. Because even teachers need to know how they are doing. If students are able to grade their teachers the teachers can look back on this and focus on what is failing in their teaching career and work to make it better.

  • Students have the best firsthand feedback on how teachers are doing and if they are making high school an uncomfortable, inappropriate, or overly difficult experience.

    Every student’s got that teacher that they just absolutely hate. The one who “can’t teach.” The one who should have retired years ago, who can’t control a class, or who is just a plain jerk. It seems like they’re not going anywhere anytime soon even though they don’t allow students to be as productive as they are capable of. What about that old unfair janitor who gives out pointless detentions like they’re daily homework assignments? The lunch lady who spits on your food when she talks and can hardly walk? The crabby librarian who can’t hear a word you say and won’t help you find anything or make you feel welcome in the library? There should definitely be something students can do about it. They should surely have a say in who can provide their education and their high school experience. I know it’s hard to admit, but sometimes the students are right. Sometimes they know what they’re talking about. I mean, they are the ones who have the first-hand experience of being around these type of employees. Some out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new is seriously needed in some schools and the students are just the ones who can give the best feedback and advice on where school faculty are needing improvement in order to be successful. Just as teachers, who have first-hand experience, can give the best feedback and “ratings” on students. It’s not complaining, and the students have no actual control over who stays and who goes. It is just so suggestions can be appropriately made so that something can be done if needed about people who are making high school education an uncomfortable, inappropriate, or overly difficult experience. This is why there should be an opportunity in which at the end of each school term, student evaluations of faculty may be submitted online.

    That is the opening paragraph I am writing on this very topic for my 11th grade Lit. Class.

  • Oh definetly for sure

    Because sometimes the teachers grade us based on their opinions so why shouldn't we have the freedom of speech. Plus the fact is we're all humans here teachers think themselves is all knowing when they're not.It's best teachers can make much worse decisions than us it's but they're in denial.

  • Accountability is a 2-way street

    Teachers are accountable to students for creating an environment that fosters learning. They do this with their attitude, knowledge, maturity, sensitivity, respect, judgment, enthusiasm, connection, etc. That's a lot to bring to the table and they should be graded on how well they are able to bring it or if they leave some of it behind.

  • Absolutely. And Judge, don't grade

    I hate grades. Giving a letter grade A, B, C, etc. Tells you nothing about the person and what was done in the class. When you are labeled a letter based on your entire experience in a class how is that supposed to be fulfilling or meaningful at all? Who in the real world looks at a faceless transcript and wants to hire that person? You need to meet them and judge their character and research their experience in life situations.

    Anyway, If a student is judged by the teacher than the teacher should also be judged by the student. We are all humans. In what other job would this even be a question? For example, of course the public wants to judge the performance of construction workers because if you don't they don't need to do well at their job, and the public are the best critics for the construction workers. Similarly the student is the teacher's best critic and feedback of the teacher helps the teacher to improve their methods and realize that students are capable of teaching too. Teachers need to be humbled.

  • Grade the teachers!

    I think we as students should be able to grade our teachers. Not because they are mean, how they dress or so on. We should grade them on their performance of teaching. Are they explaining the work they want us to do? Are they actually teaching us something valuable and not wasting our time? In that form of grading, I do think we should be able to. I don't think it is fair how there are teachers who have been teaching for so many years and all their students fail. That is a sign that the teacher isn't doing something right.

  • Reason on why we are grading

    Teachers should be able to know their personal attitude and about how they are acting from the children's perspective. You should also be able to grade your teachers so they could understand how you feel and what they need to fix. Teachers also can be informed on why some kids don't like them.

  • It can't hurt.

    Sure, students should be able to grade teachers. Obviously the grading would work differently than the grades do for students. I would use it more as a performance report. The report wouldn't affect the teachers pay, but it would let them know if they are doing good, or need improvement.

  • Teachers have always been judged by very simple metrics, like how many of their students pass their classes. This obviously doesn’t give a full picture of what is going on in classrooms, so increasingly “multiple measures” are being examined. One of the most controversial of these measures is student evaluation of their teachers. So should students be able to grade their teachers?

    Student surveys are used not only to judge how well the students believe that they are being treated compared to their peers. How well they believe they are progressing in their education. But also on more esoteric measurements, like how well teachers are “connecting” with them.

    As part of the “multiple measures” approach it is hard to deny that student opinion is rarely heard. Most of the people in a classroom are the students. They are going to be a valuable source of information about what is, and isn’t, working.

    The students have been massively in favor of these measures. The teachers have been less impressed.

    In New Jersey these student evaluations are being given more and more weight. They were first provided only to the teacher. So that they could set themselves goals for personal improvement. Now there is talk of them being considered as one of the metrics official teacher assessment.

    For the students it means that they can call out any behaviour from their teachers that they believe is unfair. It makes them feel more in control of their lives. There has been a noted correlation between student’s happiness in class and their success in academic pursuits. Happy students go on to College. Kids that hate school don’t pursue higher education.

    The downside for students is that they are stuck with their teacher even after assessing them. If there really is discrimination or unfair treatment going on it is likely to provoke even worse behaviour from the teacher.

    For the teachers it means that discipline becomes impossible to enforce. Their job security becomes tied to how well the students like them. It provides disruptive students an opportunity for revenge. All in schools where controlling problem students is already nearly impossible.

    Some teachers have responded well to the surveys. By identifying which students feel like they want to do better in class they are able to focus where help is needed. If they are unintentionally favouring one student over the others, these surveys can be a wake-up call.

    There is also a question of whether children understand enough about teaching to give a fair judgement. A bad evaluation may be based more on a personality clash than a lack of skill.

    Even if you believe that student assessments of their teachers are necessary. Do you believe that making them an integral part of judging teachers’ performance is a good idea?