Average 3.54 based on 37 teacher ratings
Olof Sandblom is a Science teacher at John G. Diefenbaker School located in Calgary, Alberta. When comparing Olof Sandblom's ratings to other teachers in the province of Alberta, Olof Sandblom's ratings are below the average of 4.17 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at John G. Diefenbaker School is 4.02 stars.
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Had him for science 10H, doesn't write out notes but he expects you to write down what you hear him say. He most definitely has his favorites even if he doesn't act on it. He always tells us that he'll be here to help you if you need help...but his answers are a big ambiguous and sometimes he doesn't even answer the original question, rather he traipses onto a different trail thats barely related to the question. Very obsessed with IB.

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TL,DR; Don't join Chemistry IB, quit before you pay your fees.
Has his own views and values and he cannot let go of. For example, he will not allow us to see our past exams, because he thinks we should be studying off the chemistry guide 100% of the time. (To be honest, he probably haven't marked it yet. It's been 2 months since we wrote it.) Like others have said, you don't really learn anything in his class, everything is self taught by watching Richard Thornley.

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Teaching is fine, but has contradicting statements and can be confusing. He's ok as far as a teacher goes, except for you know, when half the class does not that much work half the time. Perhaps he cares? Little too much? As far as teaching goes, its ok, except maybe not teaching enough (though he does emphasize building up scholarship skills) As far as a chemistry teacher goes, he is ok. Not the greatest, not the worst. Drops some burns every once in a while. Meh. Meh.

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Probably one of the most unreasonable teachers out there... Instead of teaching, he likes to tell the class about his life. This is how we ended up with like 1 week of physics and 1 day to learn the climate unit in sci10H... Definitely has favorites and enforces his beliefs on you too much. Little textbook work, almost no actual teaching & notes. He says its "prparing you for university"... Right

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He has an "interesting" personality...

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Sandblom is a great teacher. Textbook is not used in class very much, and notes are minimal, but if you work outside of class time then exams shouldn't be too hard. He's extremely knowledgable and willing to help.

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Acts like a child. Is ambitious, but in the wrong ways. Will force or try to impose his own ideals rather than listen to what you have to say, sometimes contradicts himself. He's very intelligent though (to some extent).

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He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable, which makes class so much more interesting!

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you da best sandblooom!

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Sense of sarcasm is alright, but attitude is really a hit or miss. Refuses to write down any notes, and can barely teach in my opinion. He teaches simple examples, but when it comes to exams it's literally like what the-. You need to teach yourself.

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Sandblom really deserves more credit. He's extremely intelligent, and he's very helpful. His teaching style gets us prepared for uni unlike most other teachers who mostly "hold our hands" through highschool. we need one teacher like that.

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Mr. Sandblom has always been a pretty good teacher when it comes to chemistry. A typical class with this teacher consists of a 30 minute lesson and between 10-15 minutes of homework as well as connective communication with his students. One critical point about his method of teaching is that he tends to spend more time teaching simple concepts while only touching on the more complex ones. Overall not a bad teacher, but could have some minor adjustments to maximize his teaching.

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Honestly, Sandblom is a very reasonable teacher. His teacher style is difference from the other teachers by a factor of not writing down the notes in class. Instead, he prepares a lesson based on nearly pure oral and it may seem difficult to follow along in the beginning, but eventually you'll get used to him. He really isn't that bad, he does have a sense of righteousness and often goes off-topic in class, but his requirements is really simple: 30 minutes of studying per night.

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Honestly, he is one of the most stuck up, rude, inconsiderate and LAZIEST teachers I have ever had. He absolutely refuses to write down any notes for his students and claims its because giving notes out of a text book to students learning at a higher level would be a disservice, when in actuality, he just can't be bothered. Additionally, he has an inconsiderate tendency to expose his students over the silliest things, and tends to cross the line on one too many occasions. I can't stand the man.

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okay.... he is quite unreasonable and he definitely play favorites. He gives us a single period to do a lab that the other class got a double for, never gave us the lab sheet ahead of time to prepare a data table, and blames us for having bad data tables.... He can be funny at times but definitely not a good teacher. Very lazy and never gives anything back.

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His teaching style is very different from other teachers. He gains the reputation that he doesn't teach but he does. He briefly goes over what you need to know and you need to review the material more in depth yourself. But if you are on top of the material, you will find that the material he teaches really stick in your head. It took me about a month before I got use to his teaching style. He gave me a hard time at the beginning but I'm glad I stayed in his class.

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Great teacher. I had him for sci 10 and then chem 30/35. I have now been in uni for 2 years, and looking back he really prepared me for university. Here, you may get thrown tonnes of information you don't get and will have to figure it out yourself, or actively seek help from your profs. He won't baby you, but if you don't understand a concept, ask him to explain it to you in a different manner. Better to get used to a strange teaching style now, than in uni where you have to pay for tuition.

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Amazing. Chemistry would be impossible without him.
Anyone who complains clearly doesn't understand the material.

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Can be funny when you don't knwo him well.. but when you want actual help about a certain thing, he doesn't help. Has a really strange attitude, favours students, and is very mean/unfair/unreasonable to most all other students. Not a very good personality

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Very funny. He helps you if you ask for it. Very cool (:

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heya sandblom! if ppl think he's unclear, go to university! he prepares you for university style teaching. he's frickin smart, more knowledgeable than most other teachers. not much notes, but it forces you to learn in your own way and then you do much better. he is very understanding when i was in trouble and would not mind giving up his prep classes to help me, a not so bright student. im really grateful to have had him as a teacher and don't be mean to him! his teaching style is innovative!

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35/30IB:Initially seems okay. Funny but notes can be unclear or ignores notes

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One of my most favorite teachers in Dief

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dope man

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As an IB coordinator, he can be unreasonable yet really persuasive... it gets annoying when you already have your mind made up and in his office he turns everything around. I don't know about Chem, but Science 10 was a breeze with him. He knew how to teach and made class interesting in some way or another..

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I like Sandblom a lot despite his class being one of the most difficult courses I've ever taken. Switch out of his class if you want clear notes to reference back to. But he's a cool guy and some people did really well in the class.

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have him for TA and classes are hilarious. Got into an incident involving plagiarism where i was partly responsible, but he believed me and probably didn't put anything into my perminent records. I'm so thankful for that...

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I loved the guy. Probably one of the best teachers I ever had.

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He's very slow with extracurricular planning for activities and IB... Because he's very busy.

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cool teach, sometimes a little scary... makes me think that if I'm not smart, he's gonna beat me up.

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forces you to think

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i actually learned something...unlike a few other teachers i know... =D

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well...I don't know about the teaching part... but I tell ya... he's entertaining...lots of fun but not so much learning!

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John G. Diefenbaker School is located in Calgary, Alberta with an average teacher rating of 4.02 stars. When comparing John G. Diefenbaker School's teachers to other teachers in the province of Alberta, John G. Diefenbaker School's teachers are below the average of 4.17 stars. John G. Diefenbaker School ranks 161 amongst all High Schools in the province of Alberta. Learn More