If it is your sole focus in life to do well on the AP Exam, Mrs. Dewar is the teacher for you. However, if you are interested in getting a good grade I suggest that you do whatever you can to GET OUT of her class. Mrs. Dewar is one of the harshest graders that I have ever encountered (she admitted that she purposely scores lower than the College Board) and does not give any useful feedback whatsoever. 5 on AP Exam, B in her class. Go figure....Oh and she leaves class on block days to smoke.
A truly fantastic teacher, anybody that dislikes her is just mad at their grade. If you take every revising opportunity ( tons) you can get an A, just show her you care. You definitely can't BS your way through her class but you will love it
I have her for SoPol. She has a habit of telling people to get work done and then not telling them how to do it. I'm not a bad english student having advanced english previous years. she has never once given me anything but a below basic on my essays. She is really vage about what she wants, doesn't clarify when you ask, and then grades you down for not having it. She is also vindictive. She also doesn't read all of your essay, and grades based on the first two pages (10 page minimum papers).BAD
AP Comp was a difficult class, don't expect an easy A from Mrs. Dewar. She's a harsh grader, but hilarious and super open when in class. Don't be afraid to ask her about how to improve your writing, but don't argue about your grade with her, she won't be pleased.
great teacher, great class. 1st semester is more fun because literary analysis>argument and persuasion. but first semester's a b-tch, so watch out!
she's very nice to individual students as long as they show her respect. if you come up to her with the intent of fighting about the grade you deserve, she'll act curt. but if you go to her with the honest intent of getting advice to improve your writing, she will be very nice. i've talked to her one-on-one a dozen times about my work and she's never gotten upset with me once. also: if you're someone who expects AP Comp to be an easy A, then drop the class. join it to learn, not improve your gpa
i started the year loving mrs. dewar, and thought she was the most entertaining english teacher i ever had. after a semester of her, though, my opinion has changed. she's nice when she teaches class, but she grades far too harshly to be considered fair, and when a student tries to talk to her one-on-one, she comes off as downright abrasive. I think her use of the 4-point grading scale is doing more damage than good, because she is far too harsh of a grader in a regular class.
passionate and charismatic. makes the even most unwilling students love her and pay attention in class.
langAP is pretty hard, but it definitely prepared me and made me a much better writer. shes a good, enthusiastic teacher
because of her, i got an A on my senior thesis. follow the directions, ask for her insight and you'll do well. fab teacher! and she offers help that 99% of the time raises your grade. i will miss her
One of my favorite teachers at Mountain View. She's funny and gets along great with students. Very serious class, though. I learned a lot!
cool person. hard class though. treats class like its an AP class or somethin, its not fair, thats not just my opinion but most of the class too.
She totally keeps class interesting, but could work on preparations for the AP test. She's memorable and connects with the students.
By far the best teacher in my english history at MV. She is very cool and its a fun environment for learning no matter what class. She offers a lot of freedom when it comes to projects and allows students to express themselves. Great Teacher.
I can only say one thing about the inconquerable Mrs. Dewar... she is one of those teachers I am going to remember for the rest of my life. Thank you so much!
doesn't prepare you well for AP test...her assignments actually help you learn. she's funny but the class is wayyy too easy to get an A.
Sometimes her projects (dialectical journals, for example.) are really annoying, but everything works out in the end, she just wants us to learn how to write.
Dewar was tight... she was always hype and energetic.. always fun to just watch her getting really involved in what she was talking about.. always helpful too
In class she often ignores people who are raising their hand and trying to contribute to the discussion.
The best English teacher ever! Makes the curriculum fun and interesting!
truly bizarre, but in a good way. knows what she's talking about (usually) and always willing to help. most fun english class i've had
cool teacher, funny annecdotes, a bit vague sometimes
This woman is the coolest english teacher in the world. She deserves a award for her teaching.
DEWAR ROCKS, best english teacher ever, eccentric and interesting to learn from
Cool Children's Author Project! All-around cool teacher. Loves english!