This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Halstead does an incredible job of involving the whole class and making sure everyone understands. He makes it clear that you must do work to be able to complete the class, but with his help anyone could pass.
Course highlights:
While I have hated math classes in the past, this was the first time I actually looked forward to going to a class. Halstead would use jokes and creative ways to help his students remember formulas or how to do problems.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
To succeed, students must pay attention in class and take notes. Homework is given a few days in advanced and it is in your best interest to not wait til the last minute to do it. Also during lunch, he is open to help you with any questions you may have about the lessons or upcoming quizzes.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Calculus provides a basis for many other higher level math, and even reaches into other subjects, such as physics. Calc 1 goes into the main three components of calculus: limits, differentiation and integration. This class is essential because of how many different subjects it has a reach in.
Course highlights:
Even for someone like me, who came into the class abhorring math, can come out of it with at the very least a grudging appreciation for math itself. It completely changed my view on the subject, mostly because of how passionate my teacher is about it. In the class, I learned the basics of calculus: limits, differentiation, and integration.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
I struggled a LOT initially with this class, and my grades started to slip. I'd always been able to breeze through classes without studying before, but with this class that didn't fly. I recognized where I was going wrong, and I started actually studying, making condensed note sheets for myself, and going into Mr. Halstead's room during lunch to get help and to work on problems. I truly believe that if I hadn't had a teacher so passionate about math and so helpful then I wouldn't have finished the class as strongly as I did, and would likely have failed multiple quizzes. To students out there, you should absolutely take advantage of the help that your teacher gives.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this class to everyone because you need to prepare yourself for college.
Course highlights:
We played a lot of games to help memorize different ways to solve problems. We also did a lot of assignments to help us prepare for our upcoming test.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
My advice is to make sure you attend class everyday and take notes.