As a young teacher, Ms.Ramnath supposedly has four years of experience in teaching AP
World History. She’s had students succeed and students fail. After the first marking period, I had
an 86 in the class. My first thoughts were that I needed to work harder although I had a prettyfair grade.
A pretty fair grade won’t on the AP exam in May. Only 6.7% of students who took
that exam last year achieved a five out of five score. Everybody wants to see each other do well
and get a 5 but let’s be realistic. 6.7% of 30 students in a classroom
is 2.01. It’s expected that two
people will have a five out of a large group of students when prestige colleges want to see a fouror five score on the exam to accept the college credit. I really want to do my best and achievethat.After the first month into the course, I started having second thoughts. Was I getting the
education I need to prepare for the exam? Honestly, I thought I hadn’t learned much from theclass. A couple months later, and I could confirm it. I really wasn’t learning much from the
and had to do everything on my own. Ms.Ramnath doesn’t provide the help or needs for this
subject.The most notable part about her teaching style is what we do in class. You can ask any of
her students and they will respond “we don’t do much in class.” It’s so ironic that she constantlymentions that we’re behind on schedule and we have to catch up in the 40 minutes that we have.
On average, we only spend 10-15 minutes of the 40 minutes doing work. For example, theTuesday everyone came back from January Regents week, she spent the first 15 minutes of classsocializing with multiple students about tea and health. Yes, tea. When she does move on with
the lesson, she uses poorly created powerpoints that are 50+ slides long that don’t get to the point
of the lesson. At max, half a page of notes are written within a period on an average work day.
Sometimes when we don’t finish the powerpoint in class, she puts it as optional homework to
finish reading it. Optional homework to do. This is connected to how she gives homework assignments and tests/quizzes.If classwork was bad enough, homework is a huge issue. The last time I remember hercollecting, genuninely going through the assignment, and returning the homework was in
September. It’s a lack of effort th
at lead to many of her students skipping her homework. Most of the homeworks are 20-
30 page readings in the Stearns textbook with a few questions. Here’
problem. She doesn’t bother to collect it or go over the assignment. The reading is usually not