Incredibly Knowledgeable I appreciate the amount of information he understands and it's quite amazing to be taught by someone with a constant flow of information.
Absolutely the best teacher I have ever had. On par with the best University Professor I have ever had. I honestly wish I could take another class that he taught. His world history, world religions, philosophy courses (esp ancient history) were phenomenal. Everyone needs to take a course taught by Smale. He will teach you how to actually write an essay and is so passionate about what he teaches. Seriously, take anything he teaches. He completely influenced my university decisions.
Hes probably the best teacher i ever had, hes got an amazing personality and always has stories to tell and is a great person if you want to learn how to write a proper essay, he is the man you should see. He tends to roast people in the class as a joke and its pretty fun, word of advice, dont sit close to the front
He is the hardest markers however I learned the most from his history class than any other class in high school. He is the funniest man in the world and has an amazing personality. In his class we learned many things not only about history but who he is, he worked at red robins, makes the best gravey, plays golf and loves fishing. He has influenced me in so many ways and helped change who I am and for that I will always remember him.
mans an absolute savage. He'll roast you so hard you'll think he's still working at Red Robin
Dr. Smale was one of the best teachers I've ever had. He sees more value in discussing information rather than copying it and I really like that. He is also hilarious (ask him about how he played underwater hockey or how he would want to burn someone at the stake). One of my 2 favourite teachers of highschool!
I had Smale for my grade 10 history and while i was getting 70s and working my butt off, my friends in other classes put the in the same effort as me and had 90s with other teachers!!! Im sure he would be good for a more specific course that people are OPTIONALLY taking (philosophy, world religions, etc) but for a compulsory course that EVERYONE takes, i expected the teachers to mark and teach somewhat the same.
I'm sure he's a good teacher but the way he created his class environment is rough. I had the class first thing in the morning and I did not want to listen to him scream at the top of his lungs about Renaissance paintings.
He's good at getting the information to you, but you may not enj oy the classroom environment he makes. He's loud and teases the students so be prepared to know answers or face jokes from him. He has a bit of an issue with information relevance but you'll know some extra stuff. Test are kinda difficult, homework is easy, and essay assignments are VERY hard. He's made fun of some sensitive stuff by me (like my learning disability) but overall, I don't mind him.
dr. smale taught my world religions class last year and took to the subject what very few are willing to do, especially as teachers: a critical eye. He did not preach any religion to us, but instead taught us to analyse and interpret religious faiths and criticize them using contemporary moral values, scientific reasoning, and logical thinking. he was the only teacher i have ever had whose goal was not to teach the curriculum, but to liberate our minds from our limited ways of thinking.
dr. smale has completely changed who i am. i have learned more from him than any of my past teachers. essay writing has become quite easy for me after taking three of his classes. i highly recommend taking at least one of his classes, you will be greatful later on. he is one if the funniest people i have ever met and he really builds strong connections with his students. i will remember him forever and am glad that i had the opportunity to be in his class. truly an inspiring and great person.
Runs an insanely hard, university-level class but is one of the smartest people I've ever met. Definitely the reason I like philosophy now. I learned more in his class than in any other class.
Very intelligant man. Was a treat being in him class but, prepare to study...a lot. Not too boring but surprisingly, can be quite humourous.
I dont know why people are giving him high scores for helpfulness, ive never seen him help anyone...ever. other than that hes a great teacher and he prepares you for university.
Excellent Educator! Will prepare you for university. Engage in his class and you will learn and gain his respect. He teaches you how to become an independent thinker. What more do you need in life...
Amazing teacher, just don't sit at the front of the his class
the best teacher ever! i love the way he teaches!! it's so interesting just to sit there and listen! if only all teachers were like him...
A wonderful teacher.... 8 years on and he's still an inspiration to me. I'm still an avid student of philosophy. One of the toughest teachers I've ever had but well worth the effort. Some students opted to still attend his classes even after dropping the course!
He may be really really REALLY hard, however, he is so nice and I learned a lot! Too bad I didnt do better in his class. But still, I dont regret taking his class and getting to know such an intelligent and funny teacher like him! But stop making suggestions that Christianity is fake its kinda mean!
Very good, very smart, very loud, very funny, most liked teacher, but not very objective
amazing teacher - absolutely fascinated with his classes. most knowledgeable person in the whole of eci. whatever you do with other teachers is just kinder garden compared to smale's class.
I like him very much. Hes a tough marker but i still love him. btw, wats the deal with him and yelling when he talks??? HONESTLY
Hardest teacher in the world, but a nice guy. DO THE READINGS IN HIS CLASS AND STUDY LIKE MAD FOR THE TESTS!!!
reasons to take a smale class: 1. he prepares you for university, i've kept my binder from his class it has come in handy in my first year university history course. 2. his class is a change from other teachers, hardly ever uses text book, insightful lectures and lots of movies.
University is much easier than he proclaims it to be, and I'm in a good program. Tests back in 2002 weren't very relevent on what we were learning, and he doesn't give you perfect marks when you deserve it. Me being in the first row didn't help to much either.
Well respected at ECI. First week is the hardest; yours ears have to adjust to the volume of his voice. DO NOT SIT AT THE FRONT! Otherwise, one of the best teachers at this shcool.
Had him way back in 2000....best preparation for university you can get. Great influence on my university and professional career
docter Smale is a good teacher had him for religion and i learned alot
funny man....reaaalllllly loud but otherwise teaches you very well
MY advice is do not sit in the front of the class. and beware 8 pages essays/....
VERY GOOD TEACHER that likes to yell. still he made history class fun. only bad thing is he thinks he is allways right
Great lectures, big assignments... sounds like university.
The funniest teacher in ECI. Very loud. Yet the WORST soccer coach in ECI history. Otherwise he is cool, if u like history and want to learn something try to get in his class.
Too arrogant and disrespectful. He takes advantage of the weakness of an argument to tear it apart, but refuses to acknowledge the weaknesses of HIS arguments.
Good methodology. Boasts of his supposed objectivity, but becomes a blind zealot when discussing certain issues.
Very critical and "open minded" on many issues, but touch his sensibilities and he becomes irrational and defensive.
Not afraid to speak his mind. Easily one of the best teachers i've ever had.
Cool guy, really knows his stuff. Don't speak about World War 2 if you can help it, he will eat you.
Should really be a university prof. Prepared me perfectly for Anc. Civ. major in university, knows his stuff back to front
This man should be a university prof instead, he does not teach at the high school level.
Easily the best teacher at ECI. His classes are small and enjoyable, although the work load is a lot. The only class that prepares you for University.
good man, hes a funny guy and you actually learn someting in his class thats not straight from the text book
Call him Mr only if you have a deathwish. Better yet. Ask him how Dr. Stratton got his Phd, that'll really set him off. Really smart but his tests are hard!
Smale is a good teacher but he is VERY loud and it is a good idea to sit at the back of the class
Great teacher. Knows a lot of stuff. Not a lot of work, but VERY hard tests. You get used to his very loud tone of voice. Pretty cool.
Hes a good teacher overall...can be quite funny and has a rather good sense of humour, but he is VERY loud. I just wish i liked history...
Smart teacher, one of the few teachers you will actually learn something from at ECI.