Bob Monsen is a very clear and easy teacher, make no mistake about it. Every class, he was prepared and brought something to the party. He even taught us very important geographic places! He taught me about success and failure, up and down, and left and right. He taught us that a pencil can be a tool, just like a hammer! If you use your head to hit a nail, it would perforate your cranium and penetrate your skull. I rate him 8/8 because he is gr8 b8!
very smart teacher!!
I had Monsen in Grade 8. Man I hated English, he didn't teach, had crazy repetitive homework, and marks exams so hard. 3 years later, now that he has retired - I MISS HIM. Like many other have said, you can't appreciate Monsen until you don't have him. Monsen doesn't teach English, he teaches real world problems. He made me open to real world stuff that no other teachers teach you. And then he does English in the last 10 minutes of the class. Despite getting a low mark, it was worth it.
Mr. Monsen is a very humourous teacher. He marks very hard, make no mistake about it. He taught me about a pencil being a tool, just like a hammer is. I also learned way more geographical places in his class than in socials. He constantly reminds us to do what the teacher tells you to do and to never try to fool the teacher. His life stories are very interesting and his singing is just wonderful. gr8 b8 m8 i r8 8/8 -ign
Mr. Monsen is an amazing teacher, make no mistake about it. He always brings something to the party. He always reminds us that there is up and there is down, there is left and there is right, there is cat and there's dog, there's success and there's failure. Mr. Monsen always talks about his life and connects it to the lesson, in short he can connect almost anything to the lesson, make no mistake about it. He also reminds us to do what the teacher tells you to do when we don't do something.
He's okay :) I really appreciate him for putting in all the efforts in helping us
Taught my mom and surprisingly he remembers her -she was very sarcastic, like me. Gotta study for his tests though. And his essays are not the type that you can blitz through in one night.
Mr.Monson is the most funniest teacher at Magee. He is a very hard marker on his essays but its all worth it for university. He tells funny stories and is the most knowledgeable person about grammer on da earth.
Both my kids have had him over the past 3 years and both had nothing nice to say about his teaching abilities. He often told the class that he was there only to earn a pay-cheque giving the impression that he doesn't like his job or the kids. Retire
He is AWESOME!!! Honestly he teaches you things you need to know not just English he talks about real things stuff you can't learn in a classroom but real knowledge! I admit he marks very hard but overall he is a really amusing guy I'm always laughin
I've read all the comments, and I've gotta say, the ones who failed his class have bad ratings, while the ones who passed have good ratings. Mr. Monsen is really easy, only the essays are hard. The essays come out of no where, making them hard to write and hard to get a good mark on. I'd say the best advice for someone taking his class is to be more involved, so put your hand up more, so that means knowing a lot of things, pretty random things to be exact.
In contrast to common thought, Mr. Monson is an outstanding English teacher. His superior intellect of general acknowledge is a constant reminder that the world is to big to understand. Yes it is true that you will most likely fail his essay, however this is a good thing. Looking back upon my grade 10 year I admit I was sceptical, however I believe his teachings were of great value. It wasn't until after of having Bob as a English teacher that I relise my full potential as a writer.
Best english teacher! Great sense of humour if you are smart enough to understand it. If you go into the class with a positive attitude you will do great on the essays/quizzes. Off topic at times, asks common knowledge questions that are fun to answer! Overall, interesting class!
If you don't do it his way, he WILL give you a bad mark. Strict but if you follow the instructions he gives out and actually try, you'll find his class really easy. Rambles for the entire class. Always wears a different suit and tie everyday. Hilarious and rarely gives out assignments. If you're looking for a fun knowledgeable teacher, monsen's the man. LOVE YA MONSEN!!
Good thing he is not teaching English 12, otherwise, not many would graduate! Anyways, I had him for English 11. I think he has a grudge against me since I aced all the "small" quizzes (memorization of a poem, names, etc). He deliberately marked my essays with a bad grade, I either nearly passed or just passed on the essays. His marking scheme is ridiculous as well; he actually crossed out a word in my essay and replaced it with a synonym. What the... that is not a good excuse to lower my mark.
For many of us, you don't truly appreciate what Mr. Monsen did for you until you are well beyond your high school years. Hard marker, sure. Expects the best out of you? Absolutely. As a student in his class, it was tough and when there's so much pressure and anxiety over whether you will get the grade you need, it's hard to always appreciate him...but now looking back, he was easily the best teacher I had at Magee. He actually cares tremendously about the material he teaches. Respect him.
Alright, Listen up. Mr.Monsen...... Don't expect to get a good grade in his class. BUT. I will promise you, if you internalize/memorize the things he assigns you, you'd be grateful for life. It's defi
I don't understand what he is trying to say. All he does is give boring lectures and when you hand in an essay you go hay wire. You feel like dropping out so bad. His marking is unreasonable and he
Don't know what you guys are talking about. He is one of the greatest teachers to have ever existed.
Some good memories with Monsen~ If you try hard, you will do well in his class. One of the best and funnies teacher at Magee! You did it your way~~~
He's ok but he teaches you the basics....but transfer out if you get him. He has been at Magee for more years than I vp an count...
wow. like what the person said under me. He barely teaches and he doesn't even explain his notes. It's very hard to ask him questions. Defiantly needs to retire..
hardest marker ever - just brutal. But he's kinda funny and means well.
hard marker... still scarted to go to his class... but he knows wat he's doing. exactly wat the other dood said. i like himn tho!
SUPER HARD MARKER! Im always scared to go to his classes. Still he knows what he is doing and I actually learn new words. Dont want him though...
one of the best teachers i've had. he is a very hard marker though.
Good teacher. Although hes hard, what you learn from his class helps you get better marks in future grades!
If you open your eyes and look past the marks, you'll love him. He's a brilliant and inspiring teacher, and his teachings will help you in later courses and in life.
Hard marker, excellent teacher! He is hilarious. Had him for 3 years and even though i didnt get a good mark he is pretty good. You learn everything but get a meh mark. Keep going Mr.Monsen! 38th YEAR
AWESOME! He is a hard marker but at least he tells you what you did wrong. He makes you write down the notes because it helps you remember it better. :)
he is a hard marker but an excellent teacher. he really knows alot about english.
he is so funny. yah, he does teach us really hard stuff, but it will be very helpful for unviserity, and in our later years.
Teaches you what you need to know to get into "the UBC" and be "contributing members of society"
The only reason people don't like him is because he is hard. They think they deserve 100% without trying. What you get in his class is what you truly deserve. Best teacher ever.
Mr.Monsen is "old school" and teaches to the standards of a bygone era. It is not his fault if 90% of his students can't speak or write English properly. A cursory glance at the writing of those who complain about him here indicates they deserve their poor marks.
Shame on all of you that gave the greatest teacher of all time a poor mark; it truly shows the accademic and moral decay of todays children when marks are valued higher than learning. I however, unlike the people giving Bob bad scores, value the learning experience, of which you will recieve an unparralled intellectual journey. Philosophical and heated political debates were commonplace in the intellectual battleground that was Monsen's english class. Kudos to you Monsen!
Well, like everyone else, he is a hard marker ; but, whatever you do, listen to what he says. Even if what he says sounds boring and stupid, it is pretty relevant when you get started on assignments and classwork. Monsen's a good guy; however, DO WHAT THE TEACHER SAYS!
I'm getting a horrible mark in his class, but he is so funny, and super smart. We actually talk and debate about stuff in class that matters. The most important marks in his class are his essays (out of 150), and it's nearly impossible to get a good mark on those. However, as I said, he is really funny, and a good guy in general. You want to be opinionated and loud in discussions. And don't get on his bad side.
Marks very hard, even harder than they did in my first year Eng class. But you do learn a lot from him.
Monsen is not very bright; but dont let that fool you! Try your best - do the homework, read the notes, remember the vocabulary - and you'll find yourself learning more from the guy in one year than from any other teacher at Magee.
well. he certainly IS a hard marker, but you DO learn a lot from him. but unless you've had an adequate english education before his class, be prepared to get around 60-70%.
Monsen's a great teacher. People say he's a hard marker, which is true, but as some other people have said, you haven't learned english at magee until you've been taught by Monsen. He rambles a lot, and his class is actually easy, never any hw. But read the notes, listen to him, just do what he says and try your best on the essays. I learned how to write better, and I think he's genuinely the smartest teacher in the school. He dresses a little poorly but don't let that fool you. It's all in the beret.
he is okie, a very hard marker on paragraphs and essays, but if you get a good mark on those super easy exams,you can at least pass(don't expect a good mark if you are not a good writer)
everyone knows, you haven't gone through an education at magee without taking a class with mr. monsen. his class is like a rite of passage! he'll talk to you like a dog, maybe pick on you, go off on irrelevant tangents, but at least he goes over the basics of english grammar, which is rare these days. if you find yourself in this class, stay. its an experience you won't forget. and just DO WHAT THE TEACHER TELLS YOU TO DO! the rest is easy.
he is very a hard marker....he gives you low marks...sometimes u cant even pass,but u learn a lot from his class..His notes are helpful~~
Monsen is a hard marker....he gives you low marks...but u learn a lot from his class..His class will help you in the future....
Monsen is my favourite teacher EVER!!! I have so much respect for the guy i learned so much from him in one year...he's not hard if u DOWHATTHETEACHERTELLSUTODO
He is a GREAT TEACHER. He is a hard marker because he shows you exactly what your mistakes are and you can work from that. He helped me a lot.
I really like Monsen..but he's kinda..boring. Like..he just drones on and on about things..and I'm probably going to fail his class..haha..
had him last year...he's okie~ but he's so weird...dunno wut he's thinking man..
he is a nice guy and a nice teacher....don't even know why so many students hate him.....had him for half year...really loved him..learned a lot...
i think he is only suitable for university but not in high school... using high university standard to mark high-school students' essay... so bad~
You are the most special teacher I have ever had,if I'd knew my teacher was you, I'd rather not take the course.......
Hes a very hard marker on essays, but gives extremely easy tests
HARD! On essays he marks the ideas more then grammer. Nice in-class lectures. REALY good notes. REALY helpful notes! Pro-style teacher. University level or so.
Ne1 who's failing this just isnt good at writing, sure he marks hard but he gives super easy tests to bump up the mark. If your failing u just dont try.
EXTREMELY HARD MARKER failed everyone in gr12 class once...teaches and grades at a university level
Mr. Monsen is excellent. I had him 1984-86 and his lessons are still relevant today. Grow up and mature and then you'll understand Mr. Monsen.
a well-knowledged person, would be an excellent teacher if have a different teaching style
very very hard marker, dont want to end up in his class again!! NEVER!! he is unclear too, oh, and the hat, ugh
He should be highly praised in his fair personality. He's the uprightest humanbeing I've ever seen. But he's too hard and maybe quite lonely.
A very interesting teacher, but do not take his class to get grades. classes are fun
A memorable teacher who did a good job with Camus'The Outsider. The quintisential existentialist!
a very good teacher. he's a hard marker, but he's fair. learnt a lot from his class.