Mr. Vanderway was one of the few teachers (I think he has left now, sadly) that truly valued education for what it is for. The goal was not to get the grade but if you understood it. Physics is arguably the hardest subject to come across in high school; having him for AP Physics in 9th grade taught me to approach things differently when it comes to difficulty. As my junior year tasks piled up, I have been able to sort out which assignments are worth the points & time I could use to study/review.
I had the amazing pleasure of having Mr. Vanderway as a teacher for Honors Physics (Now AP Physics 1) and as a coach for Robotics. He is hands down one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. As a teacher he was always enthusiastic and determined to make sure his students understood the material before moving on. As a Robotics coach he always provided fantastic motivational speeches and any support the team needed. Though he may seem a little crazy at times, he always worked his hardest.
Mr. Vanderway was by far the greatest teacher I have ever met. Mr. Van helped his students in so many ways beyond the class room. My son was in his AP Physics class and then got recruited to join the school's FIRST Robotics team. It was a life changing experience for those kids, as they could finally apply what they were learning in school to a real world challenge. Mr. Van and the robotics team inspired my son to become a mechanical engineer. He will always be my favorite!
Mr Vandy has little to no understanding of what constitutes a meaningful lesson. Every single class period begins with 10 minutes of him sitting on his computer doing who-knows-what, followed by some chatter and witty exchanges between the sophomores and himself. When we start ACTUALLY doing something, we derive equations and laws and what-not, and are expected to magically use them to solve his ridiculously abstract homework assignments. Literally 75% of the class has no idea how to do anything
He does not explain things well at all and his grading system makes no sense as he often takes off points for no reason whatsoever.
One of the best teachers I've ever had. His tests are difficult but he gives chances to raise them up with really easy labs. Mr. Van was eccentric but his enthusiasm for teaching was contagious and engaging. Honestly if you actually asked questions when you were confused and did all his homework, you're guaranteed a B+ or higher.
I'm a physics teacher for 10 years now. I've seen it all. My most competent colleague, by far, was Mr. V. I'm still doing what he taught me. Beyond that, he's a very noble and good person. All around brilliant mind. So glad I learned from him!
Hard class. Be prepared to do a lot of self studying. You basically learn your stuff through labs, test usually follows quickly. He is willing to clarify after class if needed.
A very smart person who knows about all sorts of things besides just the class he teaches. Mr. V values integrity and teaches that along with his physics. (I'm not a student but former fellow teacher and still use a lot of what Mr. V taught me many years ago now.) The teaching profession needs more Mr. V's! Smart guy. Great teacher!
He's a great teacher, just hard as hell. If you have him for AP expect a B and if you're exceptionally talented quite possibly an A. His tests are hard, his homework difficult, and 99% of the time he
A fun teacher who helps you learn, but hard class. If you are nto awake in class, everything falls apart. His test are lik thinking test, and some classes do not have textbooks so PAY ATTENTION.
his class is flat out too hard. he picks favorites. he doesnt upload grades on time so you never know what you have. he grades labs too harshly. he gives alot of work. he slowly decimated my like of p
Van made a zero period honors physics class a blast. He is clear and concise and makes physics accessible. Always had fun whether we were quoting newton, shakespeare or flight of the conchords!
Not the easiest class, but easily the best physics teacher in the department. His teaching style is unique and appealing. Don't expect an easy A, but expect a fun class if you like the subject.
made me enjoy physics. it you need help, he will gladly help you..even after school. make sure you know what problems are going to be on a test, b/c he mainly just switches numbers around
besy physics teacher at granada, he had a different teaching method then many teachers, but still everyone understood the material
Great teacher. He has a different teaching style, but I personally really like it. It's different, but interesting and fun. He's also usually very helpful if you're having trouble.
Not the best class. Very different teaching methods and some of the questions on his tests come out of nowhere.If you do have him, i recommend explaining problems after you solve them.
initially i didnt like his method of teaching and thought he was rude and obnoxious, but now, i think he is a great teacher. you will learn alot. just dont get him for 0 period!
Although he knows a lot about physics and is a very intelligent man, he is also VERY RUDE. I have lately been realizing that he does not respect the students, no matter how much respect u show him.
you must take his physics class. you will understand physics way better than taking it with any other teacher. he is funny and tries to make physics entertaining as well as educational.
Best teacher ever. you must take physics with him, he helps you if you need it, you will understand it. i suggest taking physics with him than any other teacher, you will learn. Vanderway rules!
unorthodox, but the best class i have ever taken in high school. it's hard, but you MUST take physics with him.
he's great until robodox rolls around. then he turns into a complete jerk. then the class becomes a total bore, and you're toast if you don't teach yourself.
Dude...Mr. Van Roxxors...i had his class my senior year...2003...yes, unorthodox teaching style..but he makes the class fun!...very hard if you don't study
Different style of teaching that is both helpful and interesting. Enthusiastic teacher that made me love physics. But you have to watch out for the moodswings.
Robotics robotics robotics...this man also doesnt remember your name if u werent on the robotics team
Great teaching style that focuses on the reasoning behind concepts instead of forcing blind memorization. Honors gets a 3 for easyness, AP gets a 1.
Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT graduate high school before taking his class. He is unlike any other physics professors I've had in college. It's always fun to listen to his stories, like when he was in high school or how he set his cat on fire. I took two years
I had the honors physics 4 years ago. I really enjoyed that class. He didn't use a book though which I thought was dumb. When he covers the transfer of energy in a system, it’s all hand waving and he expects you to get it without any clear explanation eve