The packets that she gives are full of examples. You just have to be willing to work hard to do well. She is a good teacher if you actually put in the work. She is kind and very caring. She was one of my favorite teachers at Syosset. She prepares you for how college is.
She doesn't teach, if you rely on the packets and her once a week lectures you're going to fail. This is the fault of her non-existent teaching but she blames it on students. Don't waste your time with her, there are so many better Chemistry teachers. Why would you punish yourself with having her as a teacher?
Like what the other people are saying, you will only learn what you teach yourself, she doesn't teach. I can go through the packets and do them at home, I don't need to spend class time doing that. Class should be devoted to teaching material, she just relaxes up front and tells us to learn from the packets.
Her class resembles somewhat of a flipped classroom. I suggest learning from somewhere like youtube and doing the practice problems from the packets she assigns. You HAVE to sit down and practice to gain intuition because she doesn't teach it to you, you have to pull your weight and then some to be successful in her class. You should also start practicing regents questions from day one because her test questions from a database of old regents.
If you have her for Biology she's going to joke around in class but she won't teach you, June is going to be a stressful month for you. If you have her for Chemistry she's going to be seriously psychotic and you'll have to rely on other methods to learn because there are very little lectures. Those packets do help but for auditory learners you need to learn from somewhere like youtube. If you don't follow what she wants word for word she's going to make your life a living hell.
She is a "I want and I want it now" type of person. She is an extremely difficult person.
This teacher is extremely disorganized in the order that she teaches students. She is one of the worst teachers I have ever had. A lot of people say they like her but don't like her teaching, but nothing justifies being an awful teacher. Drowning me in worksheets will not help me, please, I would love to learn from you, please do your job! Stop walking around the classroom in just your socks : If you want to be treated like an adult and with respect, don't act like a child, be professional!
If you dont do the packets then you aren't going to do very well in her class. She mostly makes you do the packets on your own and you can ask her questions if you have any. So if you prefer a teacher that's more proactive when teaching then don't pick her class. She's also quite old school, not the best teacher I've had. She doesn't seem to have that love and energy for teaching that gets students excited to be in her class. She tries though! Overall 3 out of 5.
mrs c is the best/ craziest teacher ever. every packet she gives you with questions use them because a lot appear on the tests. she is the nicest person and I'm so happy she was my teacher. she is so understanding and will help you when you need it.
CASTANEDA IS AMAZING!! Take advantage of her packets because they are SO HELPFUL!! LOVE YOU MS C!!
MS. C IS AMAZING!!!!!!! She really helps you understand chemistry and makes it more interesting. You are really lucky if you get her!! We love you Ms. C!
MS. CASTAÑEDA IS AMAZING!! She is a great teacher who really loves her students. You need to do the packets that she gives, no matter how long they might be, because they really prepare you for tests. LOVE YOU MS. C!!
She is a really cool, nice and funny person. However, as a teacher, she's okay. She explains the material well, but she isn't the best at reviewing and making sure her students know the material. She just throws practice problems at you and expects you to figure everything out yourself.
I had high school bio with Castaneda waaaay back in the day. From what I remember, she doesn't really make you do anything as far as studying goes, but honestly the reagents are the easiest exams in the world. Well, anyway, she definitely sparked my interest in Bio and gave me a fine educational base cuz now I'm in medical school.
Easy class if u dont do any work u get an A+ u dont really learn anything so be prepared to prep a years worth of bio for the regents (Got a 100 on the regents)
LOVE HER. she is one of the craziest teachers out there but she gets work done and prepares you well for the regents.
Quoted For Truth "TERRIBLE! U learn nothing and then fail the regents. She talks about her personal life and makes animal sounds in class. Is this a real teacher?" Worst
TERRIBLE! U learn nothing and then fail the regents. She talks about her personal life and makes animal sounds in class. Is this a real teacher?
Worst teacher have ever! She doesn't seem to understand why her students do poorly when there are no lab write ups or lessons! You will learn nothing in this class AND be poorly prepared for regents!
shes realy cool... i dnt pay attention to her..SOMETIMES...no teacher could be ever so great and kind.. sorry for getting bad test grades over such a great teacher like u.. u rule!
Must get used to her teaching skills, but once you do she isnt bad. She is fun from time to time. Although she is a strange women.
Ms. C is the coolest teacher!! She actually makes chem (somewhat) fun! Love ya Ms. C!
Cool teacher, sometimes unclear when talking about stuff, barks, but an overall flying cupcake. Instead of saying hello, she says WHO IS IT.Great none-the-less
ms c is by far the most amazing teacher-she is so dedicated and is just your friend. yeahhh
yea Millz, you are soo much fun. Too many labs though. Other than that Mrs. C rocks
definately the most amazing PERSON in the world havent met a teacher like her ever she cares so much and would do anything for anyone MS C I LOVE YOU TONS!!!!!!!!
definately the best teacher ive ever had, I LOVE HER
Coolest teacher ever, easy and fun! shes cuban, how can it get much better!!!
very understanding, very caring, extremely sweet, best teacher i ever had