Average 3.13 based on 43 teacher ratings
Derek Van Beever is a Science teacher at Newton South High School located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. When comparing Derek Van Beever's ratings to other teachers in the state of Massachusetts, Derek Van Beever's ratings are below the average of 4.37 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Newton South High School is 4.02 stars.
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He is such a great teacher! He has gone through a lot but still, takes the time to help out students to be at their best! He is so strong and I just love him!

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Easy and knowledgeable. Barely any homework. Just pay attention and you will get As.

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I don't what everyone is talking about, Mr. Van Beever is a great teacher. The homework isn't much and the tests aren't that bad. I'm not a savant or anything and I get the lessons. He's also a nice and laid back person to whom I frequently ask questions and frequently get answers. He doesn't know the answers to everything but that's because I ask weird questions outside of his realm of expertise. 10/10, would learn again.

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He gives you test questions on things he didn't reach you and is not helpful whatsoever

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He knows the material, but doesn't teach it well. I asked for help and all he did was give me a textbook to read. It seems at times that he doesn't care about his students. His exams aren't actually difficult, but how are you supposed to take a test when the teacher hasn't done a proper job teaching the material? He's a nice person, and I like him as a person, not a teacher.

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He's an overall nice guy, but doesn't cover the topics well. You think you're ready for the test, but it turns out you never learned half the stuff on it. When I came to get help during J Block he asked me if I had anywhere else I had to be…RUDE.

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He is very chill, seems like a great teacher at first. But he doesn't teach much, then the tests come around and the material is not covered well. Other teachers teach more material. And he is a nice person overall, but seems to get less nice over time.

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by far the easiest physics teacher. barley gives any hw and when he does its an online quiz worth 20 points that you can just google all the answers to. if ur really into physics then switch out but if its not really your thing just put in like 50 % effort and its an easy A. hes really laid back and will let you do whatever to some extent. but if you start to abuse the fact that he doesnt care he starts to be harder and harder on you. better person than he is a teacher, but you cant complain.

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Honestly, having a nice teacher can be great, but to then take a test on things we hardly go over sucks.I'd rather have a stricter teacher and actually learn more things. If the class average for a test isn't very good, it's about time to think about why..

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He is a very chill guy. Interested for a person, but teaching is probably not his calling. He's very laid back but his tests can be difficult.

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He is very loosey-goosey in class but then he really gets you with the test, which are super hard. Very nice though.

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I really didn't like him as a teacher. He let you do whatever you wanted in class, and even if you listened he hardly taught at all. And his tests were really difficult.

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He's a cool guy and tries hard to make class fun. the tests are kind of hard but they don't really end up mattering that much on your grade

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he's pretty awesome, just can't teach for life!

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does not explain things clearly at all. i had to go and get help from outside of class. i dont think he even knows what hes doing...only knows how to teach directly from textbooks

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I had Mr. Vanbeever, and his tests are hard. I got about a 60 average on all his tests, but came out with a B or B every term. I think he's a cool guy, physics just kind of sucks

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He is definitely not the teacher. He has no idea how to control a class or how to teach the material. I read it in the text book and understood it, then once he explained it i didnt understand anymore

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He is not very good at explaining things and he is very condescending. He gives unnecessarily hard tests but really easy homework.

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He doesn't give homework and his tests are very difficult but they don't count for too much in your term average. He's really cool and fun, but a bunch of my friends dislike him as a teacher and say that he doesn't explain well. I happen to understand him, but can see their point.

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He is a great teacher and likes to teach and is very fun.

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very nice, cool teacher. fair amount of hw. test pretty hard but with effort getting a good grade is very possible. my grades ranged from C to A.

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hes actually one of the coolest, nicest teachers ive ever had. hes such a great person just not a great teacher.

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Really not that good of a teacher, as nice and cool as he is.

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he is the most boring teacher

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VanBeever is cool but he is just so laid back that it comes to a point where he is wayy too laid back. He is also often unclear but better than some other science teachers

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He has good intentions but he is not a very good teacher, doesnt reitterate information and often unclear.

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he is nice but he can not teach and he is boring i woudl rather have 3 periods of history then the last 20 min of his class he is helpful though but BORING he is also really nice

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BEEVER'S THE MAN!

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Mr. Van beever rocks. Hes an awesome teacher and really nice. I understand evrything he says. Plus he teaches my favorite subject

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Van Beev is the man! even though i hate science he is cool. dont worry beever, only the mean stupid kids write mean stuff cuase they dont know science.

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Great guy... a little unclear sometimes, but overall we learn the material. He's Jesus.

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Mr Van Beever is a cool guy but a bad teacher. He doesnt know what he's doing and teaching is not his thing. we love his dior tie tho!

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beever is famazing. he is the coolest teacher ever. he is like a mature high school student. hard tests and quizzes but an easy grader overall.

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His class is so boring. All he does is writes notes on the board for you to copy, so try to sit with someone you can talk to all class. Cool guy though.

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NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO MAKE FUN OF BEAVER! he is like the best ever and hes really relaxed and funny

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He is cool.He takes us on field trips and takes us to assembilies. yay

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Van Beever is cool. He is a good teacher.

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he's very nice and tries hard, but teaching just isn't his calling i guess.

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great teacher who knows how to make class interesting and fun at the same time

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he doesnt know how to teach, the textbook is even better than him. and he doesnt demonstrate the labs and expects people to kno how to do it! BUT EXTREMELY EASY

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Cant control a class, cant teach well, is extremely annoying and im the only one that doesnt think he looks like jesus.

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he's ok. he's kinda annoying and has no control over our class...

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