Although first semester will prove to be emotionally draining, just remember to "chill like guy". I personally struggled a lot in his class the first few months, so my only advice would be to participate 24/7 (I always did and I wasn't necessarily even good at chem) and you're guaranteed an A, even if you fail all his exams. Your overall experience in his class is dependent on who you choose to be as a student. Just don't over exaggerate his character and relax and you'll be fine.
Great person, intelligent teacher, however is sometimes unclear in what he is trying to convey. He often responds to a question with another thought provoking question, or plainly just a general broad statement that doesn't relate to what you were trying to figure out. HOWEVER, his class in general is a challenge and it is an once in a life time experience, so I completely recommend taking it! Instead of just the surface level stuff, he really makes you THINK!
Irrationally strict, easily offset, unrealistic, and will burst into ranting lectures easily. He will pick favorites immediately, and I was one of his least favorites, so I can inform without a shadow of a doubt that this man is completely insane. He should not be allowed to teach.
A teacher who clearly cares about his students and keeps the class engaged, can't complain about that. HOWEVER, in my opinion the atmosphere of the class shouldn't be solely dependent on whether or not the teacher is having a good day.
Had Narf last year, rocky start at the beg. of the year, same with lot of students because we are not used to his way of teaching. Narf's teaching style is much more than just the traditional textbook hwk, and those straight A- book smart students don't like that. This is simply because they cannot understand the material past memorization and mechanism. You learn a way of life in his class. Not a lot of people understand that nobody on campus will care more about you than Narf will.
We never really learned anything in his class. We spent the first 30 min every day doing a journal entry about living a more genuine life or analyzing someone's quote. His class makes people feel stressed, keeps telling us that we care too much about the grade and not enough about learning. He never taught, instead we created class presentations and taught each other. He graded us on that but we could never find out/ask about our grades because "we care too much about grades and not learning."
If you have Narf as a sophomore, sucks. Yourre all too scared to enjoy the class for what it really is. I know that I certainly was. Could not deal with that monster of a class with loads of ambiguity and far too many metaphors. HOWEVER, if you just disregard any and all rumors, steering clear of those things in general, you'll have a good time in that class. If you are scared to speak up and talk to him, this will not be a fun time, but if you get over it you'll have a unique experience.
Having this teache is an experience that you need to become open to having. You have to become open minded and accepting on everything he says even if it may be completely wrong. Simple steps to get on good side 1. ALWAYS participate and be actively giving answers even if they are wrong. 2. Come in for tutorial and just talk to him so he will be able to recognize you. 3. Do all homework as soon as possible...even if it is due in 2 weeks. 4. If you ever get in trouble do NOT talk back!!!
I was a part of Nafrada's last AP Chem class last year and I had him in my sophomore year of high school for Chem Honors. I have never been so stressed just by walking into his classroom and just feel an air of intimidation, but even today I can still recall every kind of chemistry concept I learned from him. Yeah, he's difficult but you'll eventually learn that instead of complaining about how hard he is, why don't you take the time and actually learn the stuff he teaches?
He doesn't teach you anything in his class, he just scares you into teaching yourself. Interpret this as you like
tips for the class a)Participate. especially for the life lessons b)Talk to him if you're struggling, he'll not only help you out but probably like you more c)Ignore his yelling and don't let his bad attitude bring you down d)You have to participate
Nafrada is the worst teacher I have ever had my entire life. He favors all the jocks or overly confident people and makes fun of people if they are nervous or scared to approach him. He thinks his methods are great but they actually suck.
his test are really hard if you dont study or dont do your worksheets. your entire grade in the class comes from tests and labs, and he doesn't check the homework worksheets at all. he plays favorites, and tends to like the popular, confident kids.
He is possibly one of the worst teachers i have ever had. He constantly berated and made fun of me. His teaching method are terrible, and actually failed to teach large parts of chemistry (biochem, electrochem). He thinks that he is "cool" and that his attitude towards grades helps students, but it actually encourages kids to not care about grades so long as they are "learning". I really enjoyed chemistry and hoped to take the AP class, but I decided against it when I learned he taught it.
While I do agree that he is great at teaching chemistry, he does play favorites. I wasn't his favorites, but didn't get picked on either. He seems to be favoring smart, confident students or jocks/cheerleaders. If you are one of them, don't let his shouting and his bs "it's real" get to you. Just stay out of his radar and participate in moderate amount and you will be fine
"the fish in Maui are so pretty omg" That has to be my favorite quote from him ahaha. You luck out when you have him before either a) tutorial/brunch/lunch or b) his prep period. If he gets angry at 1st/2nd/3rd etc. he'll have time to cool down you know what I'm sayinnn. He says that your attitude makes the period, but honestly its not ours, its his.
Chris Nafrada may is so strict, and my child cries every night.
Nafrada plays A LOT of favorites. He either likes you or don't. The people he likes, often the smart and confident ones, go through the year smoothly. But if you're one of them that he dislikes for no reason, he will pushing you until you want to cry.
Overall, if you really get to know him, he is a man of good judgement, and what he wants is pretty much for his students to succeed. That is a real teacher, someone who teaches you life skills and gives real advice, rather than just teaching chemistry.
He was fine first semester, but 2nd semester he does not teach the material very well and gives NO time for quizzes.
Had him for chem h. He likes confident people. Be prepared and active, and you'll have a good time. Material wasn't too difficult, and was always willing to help you out. Heard his chem ap knowledge isn't "up-to-date" though. Strict if you have a slacking class that doesn't participate. Might not remember all the chem, but will never forget the experiences and lessons. You get out what you put into this class, and you enjoy it if you keep an open mind. Nothing but the utmost respect for this kid
I took Chem H. last year while I was a sophomore, taking Phys H right now. I miss Narf's class a lot!! I changed [positively] so much because of him/his class. Probably taking AP chem next year if i don't take Calc/Phys. And hopefully letter of rec from him [:
Although some people like him, there is no doubt this man is VERY strict. In fact, all the anxiety caused by Chem Honors made me attempt suic!de. I ended up in a psychiatric hospital. It's taken over a year to recover, and I still have panic attacks when I think about him. I would not recommend him for anyone who does not feel like they can handle extreme pressure.
He's the best teacher at HHS. No joke! You don't really know him until you start to get to know him. There's nothing hard about that class. He teaches you how to be independent and stop blaming others
Either you like narf, or you don't, but even if you don't you have to at least respect him for what he does. Some of the things he does in class (notebook checks, journals, etc) are just there to add
Uses various forms of subterfuge. Half the class had a notebook check the day before a lab. Only way to get it back was to return in the evening for backtoschool night. Kids were denied lab time the n
Everyone either loves or hates him, but he's really not that bad. He teaches very useful life lessons even though sometimes they are kinda cheesy. The class itself is not so difficult, but the stress
Once you show him you're willing to work rather than complain you can find his comical side as he is a very encouraging and inspiring teacher.
Authoritarian, self-righteous egomaniac, but interesting and fun. Dislike his idealistic passion. Learned scads. Still recall early info. But much info from books, Internet. Still, admirable man.
I think this man has made a tremendous impact on me. I think if I were to have him again I wouldn't mind. BEST TEACHER EVER.
I will never forget his class. It's not an easy class, but it's definitely a great experience if you have the right attitude :D
I haven't learned practically anything, yet his philosophy is very helpful for life
I feel like I've learned no chemistry. But I learned a lot about me and my life
I liked him 1st semester b/c he actually taught chem... but 2nd semester I got fed up w/ the ego, bullying, etc. He is NOT better than us just b/c he's older. he needs to respect his students.
The best teacher I've ever had. Although he was extremely intimidating at first, once I got used to his teaching style it has definitely been extremely helpful.
he gives us such little time on tests. for example, today, he gave us 15 minutes to do a 50 point quiz. Fair? I think not. Still, he's a good teacher, and he loves what he does. However, he gets angry
you really get what you put into this class. he's actually a really good teacher and if you need help, just ask. he is biased towards guys and people who play school sports(he interacts with them more
Definitely best teacher i've ever had. He's scary and intimidating, but only because his expectations are high (with good reason, since he teaches honors and AP). Don't take this class if you want an
Its not an easy class since it is honors....Nor does he have such a nice reputation around campus but I suggest you see for yourself...Don't let Electives Fair determine your answer though...:D
you just have to get used to him, his class isn't that hard.
supppper helpful but wants you to advocate for yourself
He's definitely a great teacher for Chemistry Honors. Had he kept up his clarity and style of Chemistry Honors for Chemistry AP, he would be the best teacher (and I mean best, not the nicest etc etc)
he's pretty cool, and teaches us how to be organized. take this class, it's worthwhile.
Really good teacher probably could teach college but has a goal to teach students "how to learn" before reaching college. Gives a lot of homework but really the class isn't that hard.
He isn't as bad as everyone says...he has taught me a lot of things in just the first few months of school and am looking forward to it. i've gotten a lot more responsible:D
I really don't like this guy... He picks on students, and teaches a high pressure class with ridiculous amounts of homework. Least you can say is his class is never boring.
Mr. Nafrada loves to pick on students, and since the students cannot talk back, should be considered low. Also, his life skills clash with his own sad behavior, thus labeling him a hypocrite as well.
nafrada is a good teacher for a COLLEGE PREP Class. but he's very awkward. he picks on people, and tries to embarrass them which is very cowardly. and his no "ego" and integrity speeches are stupid
This is my first year with him as a sophmore, i get how difficult he is, and i just hope i do well. i'm determined to pass this course and earn his approval. and learn..for the sake of learning. :)
He's his own kind of guy and though I didn't necessarily like him (he's not always respectful, for instance), his attitude toward you gets better as you reach senior year. Once you know him though he'
a lightning rod of controversy at hhs. he's the moodiest guy around, yes he does play favorites but it doesn't hurt anyones grade just their feelings lol. great ap and honors class though.
Mr.Nafrada forces you to learn. Even in Chem Honors the work load is a lot! He obviously plays favorites. I wish he was nice to everyone. Your sophomore year gets ruined and honestly its not worth it.
He's really a hit-or-miss teacher. Keep up with the workload, guaranteed 5 on AP. Sure helps with the college workload down the line! (Take it from someone who knows.) Love or hate, a great teacher.
people dont like being IN his class (usually) but almost every1 is glad that they took his chem h class aftrwords! i sure was! (i was rathr stressed during the1st semster, but i lerned 2 handle it)
I found him to be a bottom of the barrel teacher. Not only did he refuse to help my group and I (we work hard), but he also accused me in front of the entire class of cheating (which I did not).
Very judgemental of students, and I found his personal lectures to be both inspirational and discouraging... he reminds me of a mole.
(Only for Chem H) Plays favorites (Equestriettes and sportsy kids), but teaches material well during lectures. Keep his message and ideals in mind, but don't let him change you. Don't procrastinate.
nafrada is a good teacher, but he can sometimes get a little too moody. He is a dedicated teacher with a sense of not caring about the grade at all
Narf is chill and i think he's one of the best teachers on campus. Though he doesn't believe in grades, he does teach us some valuable life lesssons, but hes no Mr. Feeny from boy meets world. hhahah
really good teacher, makes chemistry interesting and really WANTS his students to learn. However, class is not in any way as easy as Fung's
He's a good teacher, but he can be too moody sometimes (often?). I've had him for two years (H and AP), and I'd like to think I know my chemistry very well. Wants to get to know his students better.
he is too demanding- just cuz hees like the bestest teacher doesn't mean my 7 are less important!!! but he is very clear, organized, and helps us take honor/pride in what we do....thats really nice!
Before deciding to take Chem AP, know that it's not fun&games like Chem H. You have to teach yourself the material, since obviously he won't help out in that department. He could at least TRY to teach
He is so amazing! I took both chem honors and ap, even though chemistry is not my forte. He really respects those who are willing to work and he's very genuine. He has favorites, but he's not biased.
It's not the science I remember one year later as much as how to be a better student and learning how to learn.
Favors jocks and equistriettes? Not at all. If you show interest, he's chill with you. One of the few "next level" teachers left.
The best teachers are those that command the classroom's attention. Mr.Nafrada is masterful at this.
Adequate. Expects a lot from his students. Be prepared to "raise up to his level". Favors jocks and Equestriettes. Respect him for who he is and his teaching methods, but don't let him brainwash you.
he doesnt play favorites. just b/c he jokes around w/"popular ppl doesnt mean he likes them better than "unpopular people". great teacher, very good at explaining information thoroughly.
Whatever he may be, he really does want to help you. I know from experience. Just go along with it. Bring your Periodic Table.
class isnt easy but you learn, and it might be just a little over the top.
Narf will really prepare you for college. I took my first chem midterm in college and pwned the entire 400 student-class w/ my knowledge from chem honors and AP.
Well, his class isn't easy. But he understands and loves what he does, and he really TEACHES the class. And i thought his tests were pretty easy...
he does NOT know his stuff and expects too much from students. Learn a lot from his class. Thinks he's way cool but isn't and totally favors the popular people. GET ON HIS BAD SIDE OR ELSE DROP THE CLASS
NAFRAAAADA!! Man I miss being in his class. It was always fun. Definitely one of the best teachers I've had.
nafrada's kool, but his grading system suks cuz participation totally killed my grades!!still he's funny and inspirational.never ever talk about grades to him
his teaching style is very scary..but in person he's really nice..he plays favorites, but he's cool to everybody and he doesnt treat someone bad cuz of grades..
its great how hes in love with the subject he teaches and he takes the time to try to get to know his students. and his lectures are awesome
One of few teachers you'll ever run into at a punk show--trust me, I've run into him twice.
One of the many teachers who'd rather be cool and friends with his students rather than an honest, fair teacher. Over 30 and friends with students?: LAME!!!!!!