Average 3.35 based on 22 teacher ratings
Michael Alsin is a Science teacher at Blue Valley West High School located in Overland Park, Kansas and part of Blue Valley School District. Michael Alsin's 22 teacher ratings contributes to Blue Valley West High School's ranking of 43 in Kansas. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Blue Valley West High School is 4.28 stars.
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Mike is a really fun guy if you can handle and return his humor. Plus, his ice cream is legendary. Students sometimes dislike him because he is hard and more like a college prof than the typical hand holding high school teacher. His physics classes were the real deal. Finally, he knows a ton of random stuff so sparking conversation with him always ends in a gain in your knowledge.

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He has made me cry multiple times.

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A great, funny person. If you're not an idiot, you'll do fine.

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Alsin is fine as a person, like he's really funny, but he goes on these random rants that have absolutely nothing to do with physics! When he does interactive activities it's helpful, but the labs are hell. Labs are some of the only points your going to get, and he tells you the class before they're due, and he won't help you. Basically you teach yourself and he doesn't really check homework, which you might think is a good thing but it really just encourages the students not to do a damn thing.

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Well within the first week I had already been humiliated by him in front of the class for not understanding a concept and then was constantly picked on the rest of the year. I didn't make a big deal out of it since I figured thats just the type of teacher he is but it certainly wasn't necessary. He never offered help before or after school stating "I will be here for 15 minutes before school starts and 15 minutes after" not nearly enough time. Exams were very difficult and hard to prepare for.

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Not the worst teacher I have had, however he does not do a good job at teaching the material in an easy way to comprehend. When a majority of students in a class get an average score of around 50% it is no longer the students' fault, it is the teacher's. He is not mean, in fact he is quite nice and funny, with the occasional light-spirited jab at a student with no intention of psychological harm like some of these other reviews seem to state. An average teacher with a class I look forward to.

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I am appalled by all negative reports. Alsin clearly states that he runs a flipped classroom, you do the reading at home and then come to class to work problems, ask questions, and do labs. Everyone complains that he never teaches, he simply teaches differently. They complain he belittles students, false, when they claim they don't understand something he asks, did you read the book, then suprise! they haven't. He is willing to slow down and explain and meet with students, but no one asks.

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HA. Just realized I made "exam difficulty" low instead of SO HIGH IT'S OUT OF THIS GALAXY. His refusal to teach makes test and concepts that would be easier if properly taught, impossible to understand in the slightest.

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The dude clearly knows his stuff and his very educated in the physics field... However he is not so strong in the field of teaching. Whenever someone does not understand something he just ridicules and does not help them. He tells them to go back to the book, however; going back to the book does not always fix everything. Everyone learns different...someone can go back to the book a million times and still not understand... That is why we have teachers... To TEACH us. Not to laugh at us.

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he doesn't explain how to use the equations, and when i ask for help he just tells me to read the book again. also, he rants about chicken nuggets...

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He's a great teacher who really knows his subject very well. He will force you to actually think in his class (which is a good thing). As long as you apply yourself and pay attention, you should do fine. Also, don't let yourself be intimidated by him

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Personally I love his stories and enjoy his radom rants about nothing. If you just listen, you will learn so much more than phyics. But that doesn't make up for the difficulty of the class. You have to get yourself prepared for the test.

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He's a great JAG teacher, a lot of fun.

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Alsin is a great guy and he will do anything to help you pass him class if he knows you actually care. His class is really difficult but he balances that by giving you tons of labs which equates to more work but also a better grade balance.

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He's okay, he really does help when you ask him for it. But also, he does assign way too mcuh homework...

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He is very difficult, but he's a cool guy and will help if you ask him.

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Mr. Alsin can't teach. He has a tremendous amount of knowledge in Physics, Chemistry, and all around he is very smart. But still, he can't teach high school students. He needs to be teaching college. The way he presents his work, and the amount of dificulty his tests are, is absurd.

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I think he knows the subjects he teaches very well but his teaching style is not good for most high school students. He would be better off teaching college.

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It's not that he's dumb. In fact, I think he knows a lot about physics and chemistry, but I don't think he likes teaching, and I don't think he's very good at it

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Look at the numbers in his chemestry classes. They tell the story of his poor teaching.

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He's very edgy, but hes efficient and humorous

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