I didn't like him when I had him for grade 12 gifted physics. Then I went to university and realized that he probably prepared me the best. He emphasizes independent learning and seeking help among peers - which are extremely important lessons. It's not something that high school students like, but it's what you'll be getting in post-secondary education - all the time. As for physics, he gives you all the material you need to do well in first year physics in university, guaranteed.
Personally, I'm more of an independent learner and so I enjoy the freedom Mr O'Byrne gives. His lessons in class aren't very clear, and the notes aren't very helpful, either. You have to kind of fill in the blanks yourself... But he's good one-on-one, you just have to take the initiative and go for help when needed. Overall, if you're weak in the subject, you'll probably have a hard time. I find him kind-hearted and hilarious, but not many students appreciate his sense of humour.
I had him as a grade 9 gifted teacher for math. and it was actually not bearable. He taught us nothing, and made us do work, that we didn't understand. When someone tried to ask a question, he'd usually always change the subject, leave the room, or ignore them. Not my favorite, and the whole class once decided to go to Student Services and all switch out of his math class, but it never took ended up happening. I was so glad when that class was over.
Mr O'Byrne was my favourite teacher this year! He's great at physics... he teaches it clearly and you can always ask him questions. He was funny, considerate, smart and very enthusiastic. It was a great class!
While it seems like he can't teach in the beginning he actually isn't that bad - he forces u to teach urself and once u get to university u'll thank him....and he is also always willing to give one on one help if u ever ask.
Terry's a beast! His style really fits the gifted class, he lets us teach each other - I don't envy any non gifted kids in one of his classes though - he's pretty monotone.
mr.obyrne is great!! althought i slept through all his classes.. but hes actually very helpful and clear when you ask him questions in person! great sense of humor too :)
Mr. O'byrne is the nicest person you'll ever meet!! And he's a great teacher, very smart and has his own ideas. But i wish he gave better notes though..
NE1 who doesnt like him dun kno what a REAL teacher is supposed 2 do: teach u 2 think independently. Grow up u haterz! Very fair marker. Don't slack in class
Wellll, definately not my fav class! It was very boring - but maybe I just don't enjoy physics in general.
He did make some adjustments to his teaching methods to help us out
Wow this guy is the most unclear, unhelpful, boring person in the entire world. he is the definetion of a bad teacher...no joke.
But his name's Terry!!
I've droped out because he kept putting me to sleep. But he probly does know the stuff, he just can't teach it.
To all those who are whining about not teaching , take that attitude into university and see how far it takes you.
AHH! he also teaches math and not very well, a lot of ppl are failing and in the beg. of the yr, some switched out cuz of him :p
he can't teach properly. If i took the paper that he uses to teach us he would be totally screwed. I can teach better then him.
he's all bones, Skeletor for sure. Stares at you sometimes for no reason.
H'es very focused on teaching, which is good for some. Very kind person
Very fair and reasonable, but tends to ignore questions
Forcing people to learn themselves is not a teaching method, he's paid to TEACH!
Nice and fair if you're on his good side, do the h/w and there is NO problem
I'm sure he's a very nice person. A nice teacher? Forget about it.
zombie-like. needs to yell at annoying kids more. and stop trying to be funny
This guy is hilarious! I can't stop laughing in his class.
Very learned in physics and computers, but shoulnd't have been a teacher