Super hard class but van is hecka litty and he's a savage. A lot of kahoots and joking around in class
Very good at teaching, he definitely knows what he's talking about and he is very entertaining. However, he does have his favorites (not complaining since I was one of them) :) Overall, he gives very good essay advice and will definitely enhance your english abilities.
Great in class discussions and lecture style. Engaging, funny, casual and knows his students.
An amazing teacher for English! He is very knowledgable and knows what he is talking about. He mixes humor and learning to make a perfect combination! I would definitely recommend hands down. He also challenges us, which is a good thing.
Mr van is awesome!
He allows students to come to their own conclusions, but guides them along to articulate them. He also keeps the class very interesting so that we never lose focus.
Greatest teacher everhis knowledge of the text and easygoing demeanor makes the class very enjoying and engaging. Heck, he even creates his own reader instead of using a textbook. Chill dude, 10/10 would discuss literature with.
I don't think these categories are the best for evaluating a teacher. Either way, Mr. Van is one of those teachers I will remember for the rest of my life. He's my favorite teacher. I've been lucky to learn from him.
Mr. Van loves doing discussions in his class - like everyday. So if you don't like this style, don't take his English IV AP class! I am in his class right now, and can tell you that I am wishing I had taken a different English elective instead. This is first time I have ever received a grade lower than an A- in my high school English career, so good luck!
I cannot say a negative thing about the man. He is so utterly passionate about his subject, he cares genuinely for his students, & he is awlays completely earnest and fair especially in his grading.
His classes are a lot of work, but every bit is worth it; he is one of the rare people who know how to teach and be funny concurrently in every class. If you need reason to go to IV AP, he is it.
he is an amazing teacher!!! i was actually motivated to do the homework, and always looked forward to going to class. discussions are great. and he keeps class interesting. extremely funny too!
great man. great teacher. only complain tis there is usually a lot of homework, but its worth it too be in his class. he is also one of the smartest people you will ever meet
I love Mr. Van's sarcasm. His humor really brightens up the usually dreary attitude of an english classroom. Thanks for all the help Mr. Van!
Mr. Van is always there to support you when you need it. When you want someone to proof-read your essay, he will gladly discuss it with you during an off-period. He makes very good points on how to improve your writing and he is very articulate and clear in how he expresses his ideas. As an accelerated class, more work is expected of you, but as long as you put time and effort into your work and participate in class discussions you will do fine.
He's AWESOME. I couldn't ask for a better english teacher. I'll miss him next year!
hes probably my favorite teacher. his classes are fun and he has a good sense of humor
Mr. Van is by far the best teacher I have ever had, bar none. He's absolutely brilliant and has a great sense of humor. He takes the time to help everyone and actually enjoys it.
LOVE HIM. BEST TEACHER YOU WILL EVER HAVE. YOU JUST NEED A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR (he's totallytotallytotally helpful too)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dude, he is the best teacher anyone can ask for. He's very open and allows you to talk and even make jokes...he really improved my writing (formal...this doesn't count),
Mr. Van is the best teacher I've had so far at Mitty. He is awesome and funny. We had great discussions in class and he helped me to become a much better writer.
One of the best teachers I have ever had. He puts a lot of effort into helping every student as an individual. If you get him, regardless of the class, you are extremely lucky.
mr van is one of the only teachers that gives you confidence and makes you believe you can do well. plus he's a funny guy.
mr van was the only memorable teacher i had at mitty. he's the only teacher there that can teach you the skills you need to write for college. he's hard, but worthwhile.
He allows the class to debate books and form their own opinions. Plus, every class contains lots of humor. He's also a difficult essay grader.
Poor Mr. V...he has a hard time trying to maintain high standards when EVERYONE complains so much...:) But he seems sad often. Very VERY good teacher.
Mr. Van's a great teacher.. He has high standards for grading, but he's an awesome guy, and classes are so much fun.
A very cool teacher. The whole class has a great time and learns a lot. Grades hard, but you learn a lot and he's awesome!
mr. van's pretty cool. i liked him. get him on your good side
He's a really cool guy, even if he does grade essays a bit unfairly. If you do well in the first semester, the second one is a breeze.
pretty cool guy. the only thing i kinda rubbed me the wrong way was how he was always trying to peg our personalities and our tendencies.
grades hard, but gives you confidence because he believes that you can live up to his standards
not only a great english teacher, but was also a great newspaper moderator!
mr. van is a pretty cool guy. he thinks that some horrible stuff from great expectations is funny, which is funny. he gives hard essays, and he makes me work.
Arguably the best English teacher in the school. It's funny how his Writing Comp class is a senior elective, meaning you'll never write a good essay until then
Learn how to write from him, and then when you go to college, you will be the only one who can write correctly. >_< Also, he never answers emails!
Also a student during '99 and '00...that commercial was ridiculous! :) Will tease you if you like the San Jose Sharks.
i was in his class in 99 & 2000 he is a really great teacher. If you're a current student make sure that he shows you his T.V. commercial!! ;)
Nice guy, very interested in what the class does and he makes sure no one is ever left behind.
Mr. Van is so alive--holds high standards for his students and inspires us to se what real matters about literature and writing. Plus, he loves Coldplay!
Van's class is the funnest. Tough grader, AWESOME teacher -- you will learn.
a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person...i love mr. van!
I actually liked English the year I took his class. Great teacher.