I had Mr. Martin years ago, and until this day (I'm in college now), he has left the biggest positive impact on my life. Truly a pleasure having him.
If you're a student who does not enjoy English, do not take his class. Mr. Martin's exams and essays are incredibly difficult- he will find something to deduct points. He does demand a lot from his students. He will not hesitate to call on you. More often than not he will call upon the student who does not know the answer, despite other students raising their hands. He also does not manage his time well. For example, my class started Hamlet in February and never finished. As a person he is ok.
Mr. Martin has a big heart and really does care. Sometimes he may seem like he wants too much from us, but I have come to understand it is only to get us to think and show our best efforts. He goes beyond studying and helps us with our life experiences while making connections to our studies. I have nothing but respect for him, his style, his sense of humor and his efforts to maintain strong class standards for St. Joe's.
If you study, you can get A's, its that simple. People who complain about grades in his class don't study to their full potential. By studying I mean 2-3 hours before a test. He is by far and away the funniest teacher I have ever had at St. Joes. He is witty and can really make a class die of laughter. He is also really cool to the point of playing rap and hip hop during tests to make us laugh.
Great teacher. He's tough but if you apply yourself you can get an A. I went from a C in the first quarter to an A in the second. He has a great sense of humor but he also teaches much and cares about his students. He encourages the improvement of writing and reading comprehension skills, which are important to have for the SAT. Very helpful.
Beyond a doubt the craziest teacher I have ever had. Grades are incredibley tough and the tangents are legendary. If you value your GPA, then stay away from this guy. If you want to have a good laugh at the expence of others then this is the class for you as long as you make sure you are not the most peculiar person in class. Vocab basically barely keeps your grade afloat. Essaies and tests are vicious. It was this class that prevented me from getting the highest honors at the end of the year.
pretty cool; fashionable; gives us nicknames, but only to get us involved. Knowledgeable and shares personal experiences to show us everyone has similar experiences. Is touch and demanding, but really wants us to learn. Much better than others may think. I learned alot from him about literature and life.
While in his class, I found it to be very informative and scholarly. His expectations are high and geared toward preparation for college. He has a great sense of humor, makes you feel like you are important, encourages strong study habits and will not allow negative approaches. He focuses on writing and literary interpretation. A true learning environment is what he creates and truly makes learning enjoyable. He likes to challenge his students, but is more than fair in terms of opportunity.
Not as bad as many people think. Yes he can get hostile and intimidating, but getting an A is class is VERY possible. Getting an A is the biggest challenge. I'm not the best at english an I have gotten an A in his class all quarters.
I don't like teachers who make you extremely nervous as you walk in. In terms of grading, make sure you get off to a good start. He picks on kids and makes fun of them instead of teaching.
Most challenging/demanding/rewarding class I have taken.
My favorite English class out of all my years at St. Joes. He is very smart and makes you force yourself to become smart. He puts forth a work ethic equivalent to college level students and teaches yo
He's cool in his own way. His class truly polishes you for college. Very smart, and witty. He belongs in an episode of frasier.
First off Martin is not that smart hes just been teaching the same material for years and years so thats why he knows it so well. But you do learn. He'd probally do better teaching at a college some were.
Tough class and a very HARSH grader. He keeps you from falling asleep whether you like it or not. He knows a lot about the subject and forces you to think hard. But if you keep up with the work, study hard, and participate often, it's not that bad. He's actually helpful and does care alot about his students.
Mr. Martin does respect his students; the tormenting that goes on in his class is all just a show. If you ever need help, he'll gladly help you, even if it means staying after school until 10:00 each night (which he already does anyway). Whether you're on his good side or his bad side, you'll find his class HYSTERICAL.
I graduated from SJHS in 1991 and am now a university professor. Craig Martin is one of the finest and best Metuchen has to offer. Excellent prep. for college. Very insightful discussions of literature. Whiners complain.
Ummm...let's see...this guy may be very smart and knowledgeable in the classes he teachers, but he definitely has flaws in the way he grades and his personality is downright awful. He does not really prepare you for college...professors in college have respect for their students, are much more professional, and ultimately want their students to succeed...something that I'm not sure of with this guy.
Mr. Martin becomes an entirely different person when you talk to him outside of class. He's actually a very understanding and helpful person when you're not on his bad side (although many people would tell you that it's not too hard to get on his bad side in the first place). His class is extremely demanding and I guess it's his way of "separating the men from the boys" to place them in the right senior course.
This teacher seems to mean well, but he expects too much from his students and often fails to realize that they have other obligations besides his class.
CRM is a very strict person, BUT he is only trying to prepare u for college. He treats u as if u r in college. He makes you work hard so u will suceed in life. He is funny too.
He is over qualified for St. Joe's. He does not belong teaching UNacclerated 11th grade English. He should def. transfer to a University and Fast.
he is a very good man and is very helpful and understanding
Stop trying to impress us with what you do know and demeaning us with what we don't know and TEACH!! He chastizes us for not knowing what he never mentioned.
Every day I find my stomach aching from laughter after leaving Mr. Martin's class. I'm not sure whether it's fear or interest that keeps me motivated...
Mr Martin comes across as strict person, only because he cares about his work, and makes you try your hardest, because he expects the best from you.
Once you figure the man out, its not so bad. I can see why people hate him, though