Average 3.48 based on 17 teacher ratings
Mark Harelstad is a Science teacher at Edina Senior High School located in Edina, Minnesota. When comparing Mark Harelstad's ratings to other teachers in the state of Minnesota, Mark Harelstad's ratings are below the average of 4.28 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Edina Senior High School is 4.28 stars.
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Mr. Harelstad is a very nice guy, and it is clear that he is interested and knowledgeable about Biology. However, there is a major problem many students face in his class- he seems to put very little effort into teaching the class. He takes his tests from online, reads off of the screen, his lectures are confusing and off-topic and he provides no instruction in the labs. I know he could improve by planning out his lessons better, and give students more guidance through classwork.

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He simply read what the powerpoints said, rarely if at all elaborating into the material that we were studying. In addition, he expected us to learn through the textbook, not through class, telling us that he wanted this to be a "self-directed learning experience." He frequently misspoke, confusing the class, and also had times where he didn't remember something, usually a key word or name that we were currently studying, stalling the class and detracting from our ability to learn the material.

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If you pay attention he is a good teacher.

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Easy to understand what he is teaching

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Pretty mediocre teacher, teaches more about life skills than biology.

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he's such a sweetheart, loved having him as a teacher (:

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Horrible horrible teacher for AP Bio. He read straight off the power-point almost every day. He's very helpful when you come after school to ask questions, however.

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The problem with his lectures is that he uses the exact terminologies for what hes talking about, so if you want to get anything out of the lectures, you need to read before class.

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Great guy, loves Biology, great teacher.

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I liked him. And you come out of the class with lots of inside jokes.

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Students need to be serious about biology and willing to work.He treats you very much like professors in college, you are responsible for your own learning.

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Okay. Well, he is a pretty good teacher and okay at explaining things, but the thing is it gets really confusing. His tests are also pretty hard. Basically ok.

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I do not like him! Enr. bio is hard because he does not know how to teach it, and everything I learn is by myself

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Hi, my name is Mr. Mark HArlstad and I will be your biology instructor for the day.

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Edina Senior High School is located in Edina, Minnesota with an average teacher rating of 4.28 stars. When comparing Edina Senior High School's teachers to other teachers in the state of Minnesota, Edina Senior High School's teachers are below the average of 4.28 stars. Edina Senior High School ranks 32 amongst all High Schools in the state of Minnesota. Learn More