She is a wonderful teacher.
Ms. O'Rourke is such a sweet and kind teacher. She doesn't deserve any of the crap she gets from students. She's so understanding and a wonderful teacher to have. You can tell that she truly cares about her job and her students, and is just such a brightening person. She deserves so much praise for what she does.
Although her workload is intimidating(it is an AP class), she's very flexible and understanding and is always there if you need help. At the beginning of the year, I was a bit overwhelmed, but now I've adjusted and my grade in her class is a 98. She's a fantastic teacher, and she's not just smart, but also can be funny. If you get her for APW1, you're blessed.
I love Ms. O'Rourke. I had trouble at the beginning of the year. I was confused about the homework system in the first month, but I got used to it, and she was forgiving. Yes, there is a lot of homework, but it is an AP class, and manageable. She is very kind, and a good teacher. I have learned a lot. (Though it does help that I participate a lot!) She explains things clearly, and if you're confused,you can go to SGI and she (or one of her student tutors) will help you. Overall awesome teacher
I will not deny that she can sometimes be funny, and knows a lot about her subject. However, she assigns a lot of homework, and she wasn't always clear with directions (I printed maybe a couple hundred pages on accident once because I wasn't sure what she wanted us to print). Also, her class honestly puts me to sleep.
Sweetest, funniest teacher. Gives a ridiculously excessive amt of hw but you get used to it and get quick. Doesn't teach much in class, it's mostly the textbook teaching you, but her projects are insightful and her grading really is based on effort and hard work. You'll be fine if you try. Her tests are pretty hard but, again, manageable. Overall a good teacher.
She knows a lot about the topic, and teaches pretty well, the only problem I have is that she gives a lot of hw, but I guess i can excpect that from an AP class
Only just started the year, with her as my apw teacher. However, so far she is my favorite teacher. While she does give an excessive amount of hw starting my day(I have her period 1) with her is ALWAYS a joy.
the year is coming to an end. Although this class hadn't been easy, it sure was worth it. Ms. O'rourke, please don't ever let these people get to you. You're so knowledgeable and kind, in fact you're one of my favorite teachers here! I enjoyed your jokes and laugh, although I had been quite frustrated at times throughout the year. Overall, it's been a great year with you. Thank you so much!
A lot of people from my year are are giving O'Rourke good reviews because she said she was going to change the tests and they think it's because the previous reviews made her sad/pissed, but idt that's why. O'Rourke is one of the nicest teachers you can have freshman year, but the amount of work she assigns is ridiculous. Her jokes are the best, you just have to remember that they're just jokes. Idk what her new tests will look like. 10/10 would never do again.
Ms. O'Rourke / The Great Beauty is a teacher that you will never forget having. Of all my freshmen teachers she is the one that will best ease you into the mess of high school. If you talk to her, she is someone that will care for you like a funny nice little old lady. She is a nice person, sadly her course is heavily constricted by boundaries that are not of her choosing. advice : do the hw so you know whats going on in class. Listen for extra info and funny jokes. Study from Strayer + txtbk!
Ms.O'Rourke is an extremely nice teacher and she cares about you. However, sometimes here tests are more based on the textbook rather than what she teaches in class also she assigns a lot of homework but doesn't always collect it. So as long as you read the textbook, you'll be fine. Also realize that the homework she assigns help a lot on the AP test, so even though she doesn't collect it, it's worth it to do it. Al in all, Ms.O'Rourke is an amazing teacher and youre lucky if your in her class.
Although some may say O'Rourke is a teacher who has not helped in any way, they are dead wrong. Ms. O'Rourke is a very knowledgable teacher and she genuinely tries when teaching. On top of that, she is extremely caring. When I'm having a bad day, she tries in every way to help and the effort shows. Keep on rocking, Ms. O'Rourke!
Awesome teacher, lucky to have her. Exams aren't necessarily easy but if you study you will be fine. Her lessons are engaging and make it fun to learn APWH.
Ms. O'Rourke is a good teacher but her homework load is overwhelming. Many students do not have the motivation to lose sleep in order to finish an assignment she rarely checks. Another observation is that the vast majority of her homework is from the textbook. This is not a great way to assign history homework since it teaches the students to think in only one perspective. If she diversifies the types of assignments and makes them more fun it could make the class have less of a desk work feel.
Ms. O'Rourke is truly an outstanding teacher. Her prowess about history makes the first year of AP World very pleasant and engaging. She takes time out of her day to make sure you fully understand the topic. Textbooks are used often, which is a very good thing, since all your information is kept very organized, broken up chapter by chapter. She is very understanding, making the homework VERY manageable, even though this a college level course. Study for test, hard work pays off at the end.
Ms. O'Rourke is amazing teacher and is many times misinterpreted because of the numbers some students may receive on their report cards. Honestly in my perspective and from the eyes of my peers, she attempts to make the lessons engaging and ocassionally slips in a couple of jokes. I am grateful to have her as a teacher for this tough course, because she makes it a tad bit easier to understand. Please respect her in the form that any teacher deserves. MS. O'ROURKE YOU ROCK DON'T CHANGE FOR ANYONE
It is unfortunate that many of these reviews are negative, and from a small group of kids who are not representative of the students Ms. O'Rourke teaches. Ms. O'Rourke is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She acts out of genuine care and love for her students, which is a rare and valuable quality. As well, she is very experienced and smart. She tries so hard, and gives an incredible amount. Students forget that this course is hard because it is AP level, and they should expect to work.
Ms. O'Rourke is very helpful when she needs to be. She has a lot of students but still manages to reach out to virtually all of them to ensure their success. Students think her workload is tough but in reality it's manageable. Her tests can occasionally be tough but she is a very fair grader as is. Some students think her methods are wrong because it makes it "too easy" but not everyone learns the same way and O'Rouke has found the best way to accommodate for these differences.
Mrs. O'rourke is one of the nicest teachers I have. She's such a joy to talk to and I enjoy joking with her the few minutes before the bell rings. She is so kind to everybody and such a genuine person. Her class is tough, ofcourse it is- ITS AN AP. The Homework is reasonable and she grades by a rubric, which is great because it allows you to get all the information. Thank you Mrs. O'rourke for making my freshman year so enjoyable
I LOVE YOU OROURKE DON'T LET PEOPLE TELL YOU HOW TO DO YOUR THING GIRL YOU'RE DOPE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. O'Rourke is honestly the nicest teacher I've ever met. She genuinely cares about her students. She takes the time to clarify any questions you might have about the material in her class and even holds test prep sgi's which are helpful. Her lessons are enjoyable and knowledgeable. In fact, I learn so much everyday even though I'm not the best student with updating my hw. While she does give a lot of hw, keep in mind that she does teach AN AP COURSE WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARDER.
Mrs.O'rourke is genuinely a nice teacher and her work load is reasonable. Please don't ever say that she's horrible at teaching because she's not. Mrs.O'rourke tries her best to help all her students and she's always eager to teach. She's very knowledgable and capable of guiding her students. Some students work hard, while those who usually complain obviously don't put in as much effort. MRS.O'ROURKE, PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE YOUR POLICIES BECAUSE OF WHAT THESE FEW STUDENTS THINK. :))
Listen guys. Many things can be said about Ms. O'Rourke. People say she doesn't teach, people say she takes questions from the site. But to be honest, Ms. O'Rourke is one of the best teachers in the school, and she has one of the biggest hearts you will ever find. If you do not know a fact in history, she will gladly teach it to you, and always with a smile. She put just the right amount of fun and just the right amount of teaching into each of her lessons, but most of all, she does it w/a smile
Ms O'rourke is the reason I got into Columbia University. Her kindness is un parallel to any other teacher or human being i have ever met. She devotes her life to making sure her students have a welcoming but also challenging environment, and will do anything to make sure her students succeed. She makes sure all her lessons are planned to benefit students, helping us build our social skills by working in groups as well as our brains. She is beyond amazing, and i recommend her to everyone :).
Ms. O'Rourke is incredibly nice, talented, and knowledgable. She makes class entertaining while still accomplishing a lot. She tries to relate to us and succeeds. She made my experience as a freshman bearable because I knew I had someone to talk to. Now, at Harvard, I honestly miss her so much. The people who give her low ratings obviously don't do their homework and as a result don't do well on her tests. She is an amazing teacher as well as an amazing person.
Ms. O'Rourke is a great teacher. First of all, she cares about how well we do in her class, so she helps when we need it. She offers many opportunities for extra credit, and she also curves her tests so it helps when it's difficult. The homework load is a lot but if u manage your time and spread it out then it gets done and it helps for the test. Ms. O'Rourke is always bright and happy even in the morning and she always makes the material fun in some way.
She's nice, but she doesnt teach the materials needed to pass tests in class. Instead, she relies heavily on the Strayer textbook. Even the test questions are taken directly from the Strayer website. The things we learn in class are for the APWorld test, not so much as for the Chapter Tests. If you dont have access to the Strayer website, you're screwed. Also, the homework we get is insane; 3 hours is the average time spent on them. Unless you're good at time management, you wont get much sleep.
Doesnt teach anything on the tests.
O'Rourke gives loads of textbook homework but never grades it and when she does, it's by how well you follow the format and the length of your answer, which promotes bad writing. The textbook is biased and lacks statistics. The in-class teaching is contentless and I could only pass her exams by looking at the textbook website's exams. She plays favorites and somewhat arbitrarily at that. She discriminates all the time. She thinks she teaches well so she explodes when people are doing poorly.
Ms. O'rourke is quite the paradox. She teaches nothing in class, only restating what you probably read in the textbook and did for homework last night. Her formats are so perplex yet she changes it all the time. She never helps clarify questions and all of her tests are from the Strayer website, which anyone can access and see that questions from the test directly got taken from there. She is super nice yet grades terribly. Her second thoughts are the worse.
She gives way too much homework, and doesn't teach much in class. There is note taking and all, but her exams are not based on it at all. You have to teach yourself in this class. The regular global classes are ahead and the class is still easier. Though I expect an AP class to be of difficulty, she could at least teach us something useful and tell us what are on her tests. All her exams are curved because no one does well on them.
She is nice. However she is a terrible teacher. She never checks homework. Kids would always throw pencils across the classroom. Her tests are copied off some website. You're an AP teacher, you really can't put the effort into making your own tests? She constantly curves her tests because no one is learning. She is always behind the other classes.
Needs to retire ASAP. Awful class. You have to teach yourself. Good luck Freshies lol
I just remember her saying, "Let's all go to hell since there's a party down there!"
Very memorable and funny teacher.
She is an extremely nice teacher who cares a lot about her students. She gives a lot of homework, but it helps a lot on the exams and you learn a lot from it. Also, she cares a lot about how people feel about her lessons, and if she thinks something is offensive to some people she'll change it in the lesson. Lastly, she is extremely helpful and will do all she can to make sure you understand her lessons.
She is extremely nice and funny (sometimes), i actually havent heard her yell at a single kid this year, however, she gives a lot of work and her tests are hard. You need to do a lot of studying on your own since her classes tend to fall behind schedule becuase of all the teamwork assignments (charts) that she gives. Havent gotten any essay assignments from her this year, thats good. Your textbook will be your life preserver in her class. She gives a lot of curves though
Excellent teacher. Kind person. I thought I would hate history but she has made it interesting.
she curves every single test bc no one is getting good enough grade, half the class is failing bc she changes the assignment the day before its due, then tells us that we have another week to do it as "free time" when many of us already spent the entire previous night trying to not get kicked out to global. GLOBAL IS AHEAD OF US, AHEAD OF APW, THEY KNOW WHAT THEYRE LEARNING
I get why people gave her so low ratings as she may not be up to people's standards as an APW teacher.
HOWEVER she does go over the required materials and generally gives us enough preparedness for the APW test.
She also has the most positive attitude in any teacher I've had. It is actually fun in her class, and we all know that fun > any test. Not like doing well on the APW test would change whether or not we succeed in life.
You would have to be a truly mean-spirited student to have her dislike you. She is one of the nicest and most helpful teachers in the SS department. Her HW system is a bit wierd but works so do your h
WTF? shes not a good teacher, she didn't believe I was to sick to take a test I was in the nurses office vomiting for an hour. The nurse can confirm it -.-
kindest sweetest teacher ever really cares about her students Projects are easy Tests are ok I really dislike her HW system though Class is overall boring shes too strict on worklateness and no eating
Ms. O'Rourke is one the nicest teachers. She's really sweet and caring. Her tests are quite hard, so you'll need to study. But, she really wants her students to do well.
Absolutely adored her. She actually gave a lot of document based work and her tests were hard but she seemed to like everyone. if she thought you were pretty, you'd know about it. makes you feel nice.
She is so kind, fair and really cares about us. You can talk to her about anything and she will understand and try to help!
She is fantastic! Her lessons are interesting but she give hard tests. Her homewrk are fair
She's friendly, but her tests should be more txtbk-based, her homework should be shorter. Compared to others, she gives long work & I have to read and decipher 5-page docs for 8 questions every day.
shes cool but her class is extremely boring. also, the tests are very weird... my grades jump for 99 to 73 to a 99...
Great teacher. Very nice, understanding and her powerpoints are easy to understand. Only problem are her hard tests. Best thing about her: She only collects the hw about 3 times a term :]
Ms. O'Rouke is my peep!! Shes cool, great teacher!! Way to go grandma.
Ms. O'Rourke is a really understanding person. Her lessons are informative and her tests are fair. Her power point lessons make learning history clearly and easily.
Trusting, Kind, Motivating, and overall a great person :) Her powerpoints are easy to understand, structured well and simply the best. Wouldn't trade her for any other S.S. teacher.
It's so easy to get full credit on open ended parts of her tests! But her MCs are difficult b/c he doens't force the info to sink into your brain. Easy projects tho (aka the grade inflaters =]).
honestly, i dont think she matches up to the full criteria as a global teacher. she may be funny at times and really nice but that will get the students nowhere. her lessons always seem to be missing something and make me hard to grasp the concepts.
she is a really nice teacher and shes pretty decent at teaching, her powerpoints are really clear and easy to understand
she doesn't teacher very well. I don't think she even knows any of the things she's teaching us! I found out that she just reads the text book ahead of us and just tells us things from the textbook!
Great teacher! She explains stuff well. Luv her ppts. The tests..well had my first one today. Did bad. Geography is not my thing. But in general I think she is a good teacher, easy to understand.
she is like the best S.S. teacher. she teaches everything in a easy to learn way and shes always trying to make jokes. the jokes are only funny because there so stupid tho :-P i love her jokes tho
She's a fantastic up-beat, funny, considerate teacher. The notes she gives are really well, and you can tell that she spends time on her powerpoint stuff to entertain her students. :D Fantastic.
She's really funny and cool. Does some board notes and webquests. I love going to the computer lab. Many tests, but she's a very fair grader. She gives homeworks sometimes, but she never checks it!! I did everyone of them!!
she is the nicest teacher in the history of the world--and i know that because of her class. she's a really good tacher, when in if the class is controlled, and you have to pay attention to her in the class but you don't really need to do her hw, she doesn't check it anyway
really really nice but doesnt really teach well. sorry.
shes a really nice teacher and is very understanding of all the pressure that is on her students...ppl need to give her more respect than she gets rite now
She is very friendly and understanding, but doesn't know how to control the class and does not teach that well either. Tests are fair, easy grades.
Ms. O'rourke has a great personality. For all of those who complain about her, all i can say is stop sleeping in her class, cause she will get upset. Very responsive to questions
Shes a great teacher (atleast so far) term one was great, nd it was a pleasure to b in her class.she understands how much pressure is on us, nd wat happns now affects our futures.
she is the best teacher ever. she is perfect in every way. her students need to pay more attention and she is god of social studies
shes definatly 1 of the nicest teachers in the scool but ppl take advange of how nice she is wit hw nd stuff so our class is so dead cuz no 1 does work so they have nuthing to say.
One of the nicer teachers in the school, Ms.O'Rourke is definitely also one of the better teachers. She hopes for the best in her students which is a positive thing in a teacher.
Test are definately rather hard but with global you need to study alot. High spirited and overall great teacher. One teacher i can say that actually cares about her students
her tests are hard but if you pay attention in class you should be fine. Lots of energy and really cares for her students which is a good quality in a person and hard to come by.
Ms O'Rourke is thee best teacher there is, she is not out there to stab ur grade, she helps inflate it and as a result the student population enjoys her lessons and personality.
i think her lessions are awesome, she prepares her lessions with care, she always has like loads of paper with her when she's teaching always have carefully planned lessions.
Ms. O'Rourke is one of the most nicest teachers there are. she teaches very well. i dont understand why people think she cant teach. she's always happy and energetic.
awesome teacher 97 on finals good grades, webquests are awesome
She's a nice person...just not a good teacher. Her classes were so boring. Group work was good and curves on the tests. Always willing to help you boost your grade.
She is an easy grader, very helpful, nice, supportive - you name it. But she teaches from notes not being that familiar with the stuff herself, too flexible and as a result no one learns anything.
she's awwwwwwesome!!!!!!!!!!!!she's funny and eccentric. You rock. she grades fairly and she works hard.
she's an okay teacher but i think she should stop making everyone do webquests because they dont help much and usually 1person does all the work. class is fun & review is good [;
She is a very very easy grader... I get A's and I don't even deserve a C. She is a sweet heart and really helpful when it comes to assignments in her class.
I love her so much, she is such genuine person, its great that she cares so much about her students. She can teach, I dont no y any1 would say she cant. Yes, the worksheets r out of control though!
awsome teacher~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the nicest ever !!!!!!!!! but not to great at actualy teaching sry =(
Cool teacher ^_^ If i had to relate her to one word it would have to be "considerate"
she makes everything interesting. she inspires so many students. ms o'rourke is one of the few teachers that has made me want to learn!
shes ok, but doesnt review for tests thoroughly. too many projects. shes nice and everything.