Richard and I spoke regarding my daughter's ability to succeed in the class initially as she never took a CS class, as I am also a computer science graduate and wanted to engage where needed. I was hoping we would communicate if there were concerns. I contacted Richard once when my I heard a student TA shared her low grades with other students. I didn't hear anything until she received a D at the end. Richard kindly responded he was sorry not to connect, but it didn't change her grade.
I truly believe this teacher does not deserve a job at Amador. He does not teach at all and while computer science can be learned on your own, getting the syntax down can be hard. He never helped me and pushed me away from computer science, and it was only in college, did I get a professor who actually cared about his students and taught to the class. To anyone who thinks Computer science isn't for them, take it from me, that Mr. Hanson is not a good teacher, and you should still try CS later on
People ask you sometimes, "Do you have any regrets?"
well my answer would be that taking this class is the biggest regret I've ever had
Honestly, he rarely teaches and he roasts students for not knowing something when called on.
Also i wish we had more points in the gradebook because were almost done with first semester and we barely have 60 points in the gradebook. We do alot of work in class but nothing in the gradebook. Also the tests are very hard
Not helpful. Teaches close to nothing, and treats his students terribly. Scared multiple kids in my period out of wanting to major in Computer Science.
He explains things if you don't know. I feel like I am actually learning in his AP Comp Sci class. I do have experience, but not Java. I don't know what everyone else is talking about.
Does not have a textbook, does not give homework, and does not have any sort of structure in his class. If you do not know programming dont think that he will teach it to you because he wont. He hardly lectures and usually just gives coding projects for you to figure out on your own, and often times if you have a question he will belittle it, and half answer it. Do not take this class there are far better teachers than him.
I would definitely recommend taking regular compsci first. He gives us basic outlines for projects and will help you if you need it, but he tries to get you to figure out assignments on your own first. I haven't had to look at any outside help this year. The pacing is good, and the tests were pretty simple.
If you don't have any prior knowledge of java, I recommend not taking this class because he won't teach you anything. I have been trying to self-study this entire semester and I'm failing the class. You won't learn anything and this class is a horrible way to be introduced to computer science. If you really like computer science take the class somewhere else, because Mr. Hanson will not teach you anything.
He is a good teacher
Mr. Hanson is great, I've had him for Computer Science and now for AP Computer Science. I've been reading most of the entries here and most of them seem to miss the point of his help and lectures, the class isn't structured so you read some notes and memorize them like you do in other classes, he structures the class so you figure out the logic on your own and learn how to well learn on your own like you do in the real world. The fact that it has a very different approach makes it difficult.
He's a really nice guy but unless you are already good at the subject he teaches, you won't learn much.
hanson doesn't really teach. you MUST be a self-directed learner (or a natural engineer) if you want to pass the AP exam. he looks like a better version of george clooney :D
I suggest you switch out to a more competent teacher if possible. He knows a lot about the subject, but clearly can't teach well. I usually end up learning out of the book. Incredibly difficult tests.
I have him for AP computer science and the class is ridiculously hard. most of my classmates already know Java, but anyone who doesn't have prior experience is completely lost. I have to learn everything on my own at home, because Hanson cannot teach at all. He might know the info really well, but he isn't very good at teaching it clearly to students. I will be lucky to pass the AP exam this May, given his subpar teaching skills. Otherwisely cool person.
Good person, but he is the worst at teaching. If you want to learn switch to the other honors teacher. You will not find the results you are looking for with his teaching
I really like him. He's like mean, but usually joking. And funny. Good teacher. Not sure how hard he really is though, because I have him for an easy class.
ha this year he teaches math and I love the way he teaches things. he is a great teacher and I love the challenge in his class. SO GOOO!!! MR. HANSON :)
nice guy, no doubt, but his teaching methods are just so janky. everyday is a lecture with many useless, confusing rants in between. his intent is to teach the reasoning behind the math we're doing, but he explains it in a terribly poor way. sometimes his methods of solving problems conflict with the book, and its hard to tell which method we should use because they occasionally produce different answers! his quizzes and tests are designed so you â€œapplyâ€ what you learned, but often theyâ€™re just super
you either love him or you hate him. his teaching style is not very conventional, but he makes a chill teacher and will always try to help.
he looks pretty sharp for a teacher! he's always there fo you if you need help but he's super confusing at explaining. totally chill guy tho
his teaching methods are confusing, he just assigns hw on stuff he doesnt teach. super funny, but his tests are difficult.
His teaching style may not work with everyone, but it worked for me. Just do all your homework.
Mr. Hanson has got to be the coolest teacher. He is very laid-back yet is a good teacher. He's gotten more confusing as the year has gone on though. Grades are suffering over what he says is "easy"
all i can say is he is a beast.. just make sure to remember he has the greatest sense of hearing i have ever seen he can hear wispers across the room while everyone is talkn... so get on his good side
cool teacher didn't do anything for last 2 months of school. had an F report card showed D-
Mr. Hanson was a great teacher, i have had him for the last 2 years for comp sci. His methods of explanation are a little confusing but i learned a ton in his class
Mr. Hanson can be really funny and nice, however his teaching methods for his math class are questionable.
Hanson is the man, check it before you wreck kids. Seriousoly! He named his freaking kid Justin! BEST NAME EVER.
he is a very nice guy who will always try to help, but sometimes explinations are confusing and has a tendecy to use multiple props during a lecture.
Just an all around good traditional teacher... and really smart... I respect that man
Layed back, and his explainations are really really confusing. Tries to hard to explain things using visuals and representative objects. Short Tempered
Definately the funniest teacher i've ever had. I took compsci and ap compsci...he's an awesome teacher. I really enjoyed being a student of his.
cool to joke around with, but he puts people on the spot and makes you feel stupid if you don't know the answer
Cool guy...but his pants are too tight. Ok math teacher, a little confusing but really entertaining