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Instructor: Kim Falinski

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PHYS100, Spring 2011
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CE270, Spring 2010
CE271, Spring 2010
PHYS100, Spring 2010
CE271, Fall 2009
PHYS100, Fall 2009

Kim Falinski: PHYS100, Spring 2011

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics Crn (Section): 33747 (0)     34207 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%) 6 (55%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (27%) 5 (56%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (64%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (11%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (11%) 3 (27%) 3 (33%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (22%) 4 (36%) 4 (44%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (9%) 4 (44%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 5 (56%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (44%) 7 (64%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 10 (91%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Professor Falinski is very helpful and takes the time to help her students and answer questions.
Excellent speaker. Communicates well with students. Knows subject well so she knows how to answer questions that students ask.
Very knowledgeable, in areas not limited to her subject area. She does a good job demystifying confusions that students may have. She takes you step by step to ensure that we don't get left behind. The tests were challenging, the often semi-unfamiliar problems required us to apply the concepts we learned in lecture and think outside the box. Very considerate and understanding.
Professor Falinski was able to reduce complex ideas into the vernacular. She also encouraged me to research and think about topics outside of the course curriculum.
understanding
Knew the subject well
She knows her subject well. She was helpful and listened to what students said and gave good answers that cleared up things that we didn't understand.
Kim seems to know the matirial very well.
Even though it was a morning class, she tried her best to make it as simple as possible, but then again it is the morning time when most of our minds are not functioning. Analogies keep us awake (that is a good thing)
teaching style
If I had to name one more vital than all the others, I'd have to say it would be her seemingly bottomless reserve of patience. The Professor was always reminding us that we were welcome during office hours, sitting down with us to help us, personally, on the concepts we'd gotten stuck on while doing the homework, and halting the lesson to go over things in more detail if we all looked as though we were New Guineans first seeing a plane. She has a wealth of expertise with concepts far, far over our heads, and yet it doesn't bother her at all to help us work past this beginner stuff.
She was understanding and gave each student a chance to improve their grade
She was very interested and excited about the subject.
she's especially good at relating text-book material to real world situations.
She presents a strong concern for her students. She wants everybody in her class to pass, if not, excel.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
The only thing I would suggest to Professor Falinski is to go over the formulas and equations step by step because she tends to jump ahead a few steps. It was difficult to follow at some points of her lectures.
Review more problems that involve doing calculations in class
Anything that will help prevent students from taking advantage of your kindness.
I understand that Professor Falinski is a graduate student and thus has her own homework to keep up with. However, meeting with her was difficult because I had class. In short, Professor Falinski was a great teacher who simply needed to be available more often.
none
this course to me felt a bit more difficult than i though it would be. I feel that the only reason i was able to keep up was because i had prior knowledge of the subject. it seems that anyone without history of taking a physics class should not take this class
None, honestly
Learn to give a lecture outline style. Example: I. Momentum A. This is the history about how we got to the concept of momentum. i. Important person ii. Etc. B. Equation for Mommentum Pf. How it was derived Etc. Outline lecture formats are highly beneficial for science classes because it clearly states the information. It may be a bit time consuming to write all this information on the board, but other methods enhance confusion. For example, while lecturing, equations were often scattered across the board, sometimes merging with each other. The math was also unclear because steps were left out. I would also recommend utilizing the full potential of Laulima. The calendar section is highly beneficial for students to check on when an assignment is due. Assignments (e.g. homework, quizes, etc.) should be imputed into the gradebook and given back promptly for optimal student success. This way, students can review before the exam. If the instructor doesn't have enough time to do this, then they should reevaluate their profession.
Minimize arguments students have with each other.
more hands-on
Do away with this not doing 4 homework assignments or you reserve the right to fail the student. This is nothing more than a cheap ploy to force students to do homework in a sense, it is nothing more than extortion. For one, the reason I did not do my homework was because I am not going to spend 10 hours to do a single homework assignment. Period!!! The thing you implemented near the end of the class where up to 4 students could turn in a single HW assignment is crap also. How about an option of only doing 1/4 of the assignment. If that was the the case I could justify spending up to 3 hours doing it.
Possibly assigning a date were we could meet up and just go over the topics we learned after the test.
Easier way to teach physics.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
She would always answer questions and take time to actually explain certain situations to her students.
Before collecting homework, she reviews problems we are confused about. Before exams are given out, she gives us a study guide and a mini review on what's going to be included. She's always available to reach outside of class, as well as through her email
Always told us she'll be around if we need any help. Available to students in and outside of class. Grading is fair and treats everyone equally.
ask mny questions
She took time help students even when it was for just a problem or two and made sure a student would understand the subject
She offered to help us after class and during office hours.
She understands what it is to be a COMMUTING student. Even though I did not take advantage of it due to my schedule and work, she was usually available to take extra time out of class to explain things more in detail in case we did not understand.
Office hours at the stem center
Long office hours, offering to personally scrutinize our first draft of our term paper so as to give us feedback and input on what could change for the better, and giving a fair load of homework. Not so little that we would be unprepared, but definitely enough to ingrain certain concepts that we needed.
Kim was always available to help or answer homework questions in or after class.
inviting us to come in out of class to get help is one of the many ways.
She wants everybody to pass, especially the students who are weak in the subject.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, because she is very good teacher and very helpful.
Yes, I would recommend her because she is an excellent teacher. Even from way back in the beginning of the semester, she explained thoroughly about what we are going to be doing. When exams come up, she gives us enough time to prep up and her the problems she lets us do are related to what is on the exams. As for homework, she asks the class if there are any problems we want to go over before she collects it. This allows a lot of us to understand problems better.
Yes. There is a good balance of ease and challenge. She arouses students interest in the subject and creates a delightful atmosphere for learning.
Of course. Her understanding of the material is comprehensive and she was able to apply complex concepts to superheroes, surfing, and paddling. She made Physics fun.
yea only if they like physics or sciences
Yes, she knows what she's talking about, and she likes her subject. She's helpful and she's really good at breaking things down to explain them.
No. Falinski is an example for why teachers should be certified and take courses in education before teaching students. Although she knows her subject well, her lack of organization and preparation hindered her ability to create an efficient learning environment. Students wishing to take a science class would not benefit from her instruction because the resources for learning and the actual lecture do not correspond--which causes confusion and low grades. The information from lecture, powerpoint, and textbook are often conflicting and unclear.
yes, this was my second time taking the class and she has made improvements to the class since the last time I took it.
See above
Yes, because she loves what she does
Most assuredly, I would. The first halting steps into this subject are often difficult to wrap one's head around, because some of the conclusions which you reach, mathematically, seem patently unintuitive to one used to simply thinking in layman's terms. Professor Falinski has a knack for explaining how the practical reconciles with the actual.
Yes, I thought we covered quite a bit and it was fairly fast pace.
Yes, she's a teacher that has an organized class that makes it easy for students to follow.
yes, once you get on her level, her class becomes quite enjoyable. and you'll definitely learn a lot.
Neutral
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Excellent instructor. I enjoyed being in your class.
Very attractive yet not intimidating. If there was any student that is discontent with Kim Falinski it must be a female.
none
knows the subject well and cares about her students. takes time to help students out and easily available for help
She's a great teacher. I really enjoyed her class.
Great teacher
She gets major brownie points in my book for relating beekeeping to physics, that was pretty cool of her.
Who knows I will probably see you again next semester after you failed me because of not doing my homework.
I enjoyed learning from her.
Great teacher. Makes the subject interesting and can relate to the students.
Thank you for understanding! Hard subject and hard to understand your method, but your concern for me and others helped me to not drop.
18. Other comments:
N/A
One of my favorite professors of all times. Wonderful classy lady.
Your subject is hard, but you taught it well. I liked the final paper that we had to do, but I think it might have been too general. The hardest thing for me was to figure out the topic of my paper.
Mucho Mahaloz!
How about adding all the Variable names we will have to know to the "blue sheet". How about changing preq for class to include at least low level calculus and explain in course description that this class is nothing but lame word problems. When I signed up for the class, it I thought it would be way different than what it currently says.
Have a great summer professor!!! :)

Kim Falinski: PHYS100, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics Crn (Section): 31610 (0)     31648 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%) 4 (40%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%) 2 (20%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%) 2 (20%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (70%) 4 (44%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%) 5 (50%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (40%) 5 (56%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Very clear speaker and able to be heard from the back of the class. Lenient grading Example: If the answer is wrong but the worked problem is close will get credit.
Her strengths as a teacher are that she provides examples of how to do problems after you've gone over the formula. This gives you experience of how to do the problem and get used to doing it.
HER KNOWLEDGE
I think Kim knows the information well.
She relates the material to every day life. She relates the material from her experiences.
easy to understand, she was there to explain things we if didn't understand. very reasonable on homework, exams, and quizzes. gives lots of examples.
He keeps the class interesting. Also she gives students the hardest problems in class to show how hard the problem could be, and goes over it. When the time for the test comes the problems seem relatively easy compared to the class problem.
Enthusiasm
gave us lots of examples to do the problems for homework or on tests.
Ms. Falinski knows her material and is always willing to answer questions and further explain the material until students are able to understand it.
able to communicate and relate the material to the students.
Extremely good at relating concepts in physics to everyday life.
very knowledgeable and patient.
Kim Falinski knows a lot about the subject. She explains everything clearly. She taught all the material in each chapters and she also talks about some interesting physics concepts in our everyday life. Her powerpoint is very clear and well-prepared. The tutorial in each chapter is really helpful. She is very appproachable.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Lots of things are covered during lectures but does not appear on homework or tests often. Considering that each chapter in the book is always new material which is kind of difficult to follow. Lots of material to refer to. Worked example on board is hard to follow if some people can't calculate fast enuff in their heads. If custom problem is used provide and answer or format the question similar to what in the book?
I would suggest for her to give more examples that would be test level. Knowing what kind of problems on the tests will help students understand this is the problems I need to reach up to.
TO FAST ON SOME CRITERIA
I would say the class needs to be organized more effectively. I felt like she was trying to be organized but I feel like I would benefit more if she were more specific on what she was going to be tested on. I think it would be helpful for her to do study guides for the exams. THat was we could see exactly the types of problems she felt were important to know.
To have a study guide for an exam. If students do the homework, shouldn't they do well on exams and tests? Homework sometimes isn't enough, so I suggest a study guide with problems should help students succeed in her class.
watch for some of the typos on her assignments, and exams. needs to be more prompt in uploading any material on laulima.
Slow down the pace in the beginning in order for people who are new to physics and who are not strong in math to learn it thoroughly since the beginning of the class is the building block towards the end.
difficulty
The only thing that I would suggest would be to spread out the course material a little more. We went really slowly at the beginning of the class and then it felt like the pace was very quick by the end of the course. Part of this is due to questions, and I understand that the class sometimes dictates the pace.
turn off the a/c ...its too cold in there.
Physics is a tough subject to learn. Maybe you could really go step by step and explain why you are using those numbers and calculations
Sometimes I feel that I cannot absorb all of what she taught since she taught everything in the chapters.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Reviews the chapter before the big exams. Lots of reminders. Push date due date if class is behind in material. Lenient grading scale.
She showed concern for students by telling when she would be at the school and how long. After going over the material, she would ask if anyone had any questions.
I DUNNO
Kim was available outside of class.
I cannot recall Kim talking to students on the side about poor test scores. I guess you can say that she did have a concern-she mentioned that she is availible at this time and place.
during lectures she would encourage students to ask questions, reasonable to help students out, if something happens to the students.
Offers to meet after hours during lab.
she tried to help
helped with homework problems I didn't understand.
She was available for questions and was flexible with helping students make up any material that they missed.
was always available after class and worked out problems till everyone understood.
Has always offered her office hours, as well as time after to class for questions.
by going over some of the material outside of class with students who still didn't understand.
If students are not clear, she tries to explain as best as she can. She stresses the parts that students might get confuse.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Recommend students that do take this class to read the chapters ahead before it is even discussed in class. Same with homework. That way you wont be fallen behind and backlog.
Yes, because she gives students a fair chance at learning this subject. Physics ain't the easiest course, but with help it can become clearer to understand.
NO
I would definitely recommend her because she is willing to answer student's questions. She follows her syllabus, and is very understanding. Homwork was due on this day, but because the class was behind in the lecture, she extended the homework. Thumbs UP!
i would recommend her, because she is a good teacher. her assignments, tests, and exams are clear to understand. she is easy to understand, her lectures make sense, and her lectures aren't boring.
yes, If you are pretty efficient in math.
Depends on their work ethic
yes she related the subject to everyday things and gave more relevant examples.
Yes, she was a good teacher and made the class interesting. It is difficult material, but she was good at explaining it.
buy the book
I would absolutely recommend Professor Falinski to other students, and plan on taking other physics courses taught by her in the future.
yes, because physics is a hard subject and Kim is patient with students who are willing to learn. It's a hard class yes, but you actually learn stuff in Kim's class
Yes, absolutely. Kim Falinski is a splendid teacher. You could ask her almost everything because she is very approachable. She tries to teach students for her best.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
1st half of the semester is kind of disorganized, but towards the second she seem to fine tuned her teaching ability.
LET ME PASS THE CLASS
Brilliant.
n/a
She goes over formulas in class fairly fast and when it comes to algebraic equations she skip showing the steps assuming you know how to do math.
nothing.
Thank you for a good class!
she loves what she does and is very dedicatied
just good job, and thanks for everything
18. Other comments:
PLEASE
n/a
n/a
none
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Kim Falinski: CE270, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 33484 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
she explains everything so clear...dont need to worry about you may miss some parts.
Helped students that needed help with hw problems.
She was approachable, I felt like she really cared about her students and took time to get to know them a little bit. She also expressed concern when students weren't doing well which was nice to see.
She always provided an explanation for what exactly was going on in sample problems, which is often the most difficult step to figure out.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
the homework...
None.
It would be better not to assign all the homework from one textbook and then use problems from other textbooks to put on the test, as it's hard to determine what other books expect from students and what it is asking.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Provided help and bonus points to students that needed it.
She took time to speak to students who weren't doing well.
She often revisited topics that were difficult for some students upon their request or from what she observed.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
she is pretty good if you like to get a good grade you need to do alot of exercise, so, if you are good in doing homework, it is not a big problem for you to take her.
Yes, she knows the subject area very well.
Yes, overall I think she was one of my better teachers. She teaches material at a good pace and gives test that are fair.
Yes.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
None.
18. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
the exam is not that easiler as the homework..well, i still learn something.
How to relate the materials learned in class to the real world.
20. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
None.
This survey, which is too long.
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
None.
22. Other comments:
None.

Kim Falinski: CE271, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 33632 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
She knows the material very well. shows things on the board and writes it all out. goes through many example that are necessary. explains the material as best as she can to make as clear and easy as possible.
More than the normal study material and lectures, teaches students to think independently beyond course study (to think towards higher level courses).
dynamics of mechanics engineering
She was very knowledgable about the subject. She protrayed clear ideas of the situation. She attended every class and is there for the student's.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
try to spread the test more evenly ,like making the first two a bit sooner.
More fun problems shown in class
Organize notes better on the board... it got a little crazy at times.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
always asks if we understood the material and encouraged students to ask questions if they did not understand.
Kim would leave enough time to review questions of prior lectures and practice problems, yet would keep on schedule for the current lecture and assignments.
N/A
She asked questions, was available, flexible with her time....
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, because she was a good teacher that was fair.
I would recommend Kim Falinski to students. Kim is very straightforward, which leaves the student somewhat at ease for Exams.
N/A
Yes. She's a great teacher. The fact that she's youngs make her easier to approach.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
She is nice , smart, and knowledgeable teacher.
18. Other comments:
N/A

Kim Falinski: PHYS100, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics Crn (Section): 33116 (0)     33747 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%) 2 (15%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.38 13 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 5 (38%) 1 (10%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.3 10 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (8%) 2 (20%) 5 (38%) 2 (15%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%) 7 (54%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 10 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 3 (23%) 2 (20%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.85 13 1.46 Freq(%) 4 (31%) 1 (8%) 4 (40%) 5 (38%) 0 (0%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.92 13 1.38 Freq(%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 1 (10%) 3 (23%) 1 (10%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.15 13 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 5 (38%) 2 (20%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 13 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%) 2 (20%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 13 1.63 Freq(%) 4 (31%) 1 (10%) 2 (15%) 4 (40%) 2 (20%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.8 10 1.14 Freq(%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 3 (23%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 7 (70%) 4 (31%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Very systematic in her course structure, constantly working to relate the course material to the student world, inviting of questions, pleasant person
She knows her subject well.
knows what she's taking about and explains things very well.
She knows Physics!
She shows up to class on time.
she knows the subject well
Know well about subject
She is knowledgeable in the area she teaches with a lot of experience.
Enthusiastic, positive
she can demonstrate real life situations into her subject.
she means well...
Knowledge of information
She was able to teach the subject well and she was clear.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
As a student that didn't take her lab also, a lot of the improvised experiment demonstrations were helpful towards understanding a concept but it felt like there would probably be better experiments that would make things even clearer. The easiest route seems to be through video. If you were to incorporate some video though, definitely only use it for certain experiment clips - don't let it do the talking for you.
I would change alot of things, I would change her questions on the quizzes and exams. She would word things in her questions that are hard to understand. Other students than me also have a hard time figuring out what she is trying to ask in her questions. I would also change how she teaches things. I believe it is not fair that she would not teach or explain problems relating to the quiz or exam before testing. She would change the questions on the quiz or exams which would be totally different from what she has been teaching us. She doesn't care for the students to actually learn the material, she would rather give the students something on the quiz or exam that is new to the students and try to see if we can figure it out in a different way.
Learn how to translate it to your students. We need it broken down to the basic 100 level, which was the course we signed up for.
Be prepared for class. Know the material that you are going to be discussing, and the concepts behind it. Real life examples do not explain how something actually works. Answer the questions students ask you, not simply give your own answer. Learn how to organize not only your notes, but the subject material you are covering. Do not go off on tangents. The students are not stupid, and don't treat them like such. They will be much more interested in the subject material if it is presented clearly, and they have a method for tackling the tests and quizes and homeworks. Have the wording of your quizes and homeworks be more clear, and not open to interpretation. What you are asking on your homeworks, is not the answer you are going to get most of he time. Students only give you an answer that you want, because they are intelligent enough to figure out how to answer your questions.
a lot! Falinski was one of the worst instructors i have ever had in college. the tests are much too hard. she needs to change her attitude! she has a terrible attitude, especially when students ask questions that question what shes saying.
Too hard to follow
We need a better classroom so we can learn better.
She needs to know how to treat and respect the fact that we students do not know what she is talking about and be help full like the other teachers in the department. Not attacking with a bad attitude because your are lost and have questions. It got to the point where I stopped asking her questions after class or outside of class because I new that she would be frustrated and angry. Instead I started asking the other teachers for help who where always their to help me and were always patient with me. But let it be said she is a nice person and I have had good discussion with her inside and outside of the class room at KCC. Having been a teacher myself in the Hawaii public School System I would have to say, she needs to find a new profession,she just has no patients and kindness and understanding when it comes to how she treats her students. Patients and kindness and understanding of you students, meeting them where they are is the corner stone of the quality of one's teaching skills. To that I would say my wishes for her in the future are that only good things and happiness comes her way.
Go over hw problems in class, a little slower during lectures
show how to solve problems in the problem sets solutions
Learn how to act with your students, have more tolerance and patience. Change your attitude, and give students the feeling like you care and not like you're doing them a favor by answering there questions
Slow down. I couldn't keep up with her.
I would not change a thing.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Allowed for late work on occasion, gave tips and pointers for exams, always allowed questions.
She was very knowledgeable about the subject but I felt as though when she tried to teach the course she was not able to teach it at the students level because of the students level being that it was an introductory course. Being a beginner physics student I was not knowledgable about the subject and had lots of questions due to the difficult concepts of the subject. Therefore, when questions were asked in class by other students, the teacher would often belittle the students and because of that I felt insecure about my learning ability and was often afraid to ask questions in class. By not being able to ask questions I am not able to learn my fullest and I found myself falling behind in my studies. The professor could not make it a positive learning experience and I highly suggest she learns how to be patience with students because it can change the whole atmosphere.
always asked class if we had questions.
She allowed them speak up during class.
she answered our questions, but she always has an attitude when answering certain questions.
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she always asked if we had questions, comments.
see abouve question #14
Always opened floor for questions.
yes
I didn't see much concern. One day I told her that I appologized I missed class, that I was sick. She said that it wasn't her problem. I realized that it wasn't her problem but did she have to be rather sassy and impersonal about it. And, The second week of class I told her that I was going to need assistance with this class and is there someone who could help me, as I knew i was going to need help. She said that maybe the STEM center some students may help me. Shouldn't there be tutors available.
She would be able to show the students what steps to take in order to get the right answer the student was looking aiming for.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, she has a refreshing approach towards physics, which is a constant focus on its world-applicable relatablility.
I would not recommend her to other students because from my experience in class there were an incident where a student would ask a question and she responded, "that is such a kindergarten question". I think that is very unprofessional of her to say that to a student even if she thought the question was unreasonable.
No, because she cant break it down to basics!
No, Never!even i was told by a stranger who took her class before to withdraw because shes a horrible teacher. i learned nothing from her, the way she teaches dosnt really teach us shes just talking.
no
yes, shes experienced
I would not, she needs to learn patients and understanding for others, the world is about leaving people better off for having known you. She needs to learn how to focus on her care and concern for others and get off of her self focus.
Yes, to people who already have a basic knowledge of physics. If it's a first intro to physics, try to find a teacher who lectures at a slower pace.
yes
No. i didn't enjoy her class at all, when i had questions and approach her she gave me attitude and i didn't feel comfortable coming to ask for help. she knows the material well but she does not know how to behave as a teacher.
No never.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
She can be a nice person and sometimes helpful but I try to avoid it because she intimidates me when I want to ask for help. I have a lab partner that is not in her lecture class and he is intimidated by her in lab. He would not ask her for help either because of how she would belittle his knowledge of physics.
Her homeworks quizzes and tests are different from each other, and this makes it very difficult to do well on them. I love physics, but hated this class.
she shouldn't be a teacher. i couldn't stand being in her class. she picks on certain students, making it uncomfortable to be in class. she always seems angry. on her tests, shell tell you to study things, but then theyre not on the test. she doesn't want her students to pass, she wants to make the class as hard as she can
no
good teacher
it would help more if we had to turn in the homework the same day we took the quiz so that it stays fresh in our heads
She is a nice person and very knowledgable but just too speedy in her teaching.
18. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Having the most disrespectful teacher.
hating it.
The fact that she was my worst teacher i have ever had, probably in my life.
no
Physics 100
How much I struggled. I've never had this much frustration in a math class.
gravity, force, and acceleration. hahahahaha
the fact that she is a bee keeper
The activities we did in class by exploring physics in nature and the way she deals with the class.
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
She will need to have the patience of understanding that every student is not the same and is on the same level about the subject. She can improve on her voice level, she has yelled at me for not knowing a concept and as well with other students. And lastly, she can improve on her explaination in teaching and in her quizzes/exams.
Learning more about the subject material, the concepts behind it, and being well organized before class starts. Organize your notes!!! Your students are writing on the corner of a page, than in the middle, than on the bottom,than again on the top, and again on the bottom, randomly.
she needs a lot of improvement, she needs to make it so that the students learn and pass. not just talk then give a test that makes no sense. she messes up a lot on her calculations that she puts on the board. she just doesn't make any sense, and definitely doesn't make teaching fun. shes just very serious and gives me a bad vibe. she has a bad attitude when students try to challenge her when she should be praising us for asking questions. she makes me not want to ask anything.
no
better hands on experiments
Give examples in class that are the same difficulty as problem sets and quizzes instead of plug and chug examples we already know how to do.
more quizes
slow down
I would not change a thing.
20. Other comments:
Good work, keep teaching!
falinski is not a teacher i would recommend to even my enemies. i have been told by MANY other students that they hate her class and many other things, ive been told that she lied to a student. im surprised shes still teaching.
no
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Kim Falinski: CE271, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 31801 (0)    
1. The instructor did not speak clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.22 18 1.17 Freq(%) 5 (28%) 8 (44%) 2 (11%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%)
2. The instructor explained course procedure. (attendance, assignments, grading policy, exams, etc.)
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.17 18 1.2 Freq(%) 3 (17%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 8 (44%) 1 (6%)
3. The instructor was available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.28 18 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 4 (22%) 7 (39%) 2 (11%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.59 17 1.33 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 5 (29%) 4 (24%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%)
5. The instructor explained the course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.22 18 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 6 (33%) 7 (39%) 1 (6%)
6. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.89 18 1.13 Freq(%) 3 (17%) 2 (11%) 8 (44%) 4 (22%) 1 (6%)
7. The instructor was prepared for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.83 18 1.2 Freq(%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 5 (28%) 5 (28%) 1 (6%)
8. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.71 17 1.26 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 5 (29%) 4 (24%) 1 (6%)
9. The instructor's way of teaching assisted my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
1.94 18 1.26 Freq(%) 10 (56%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%)
10. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.41 17 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 5 (29%) 3 (18%)
11. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.94 17 1.3 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 1 (6%)
12. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.94 18 1.26 Freq(%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 3 (17%) 7 (39%) 1 (6%)
13. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.83 18 1.34 Freq(%) 5 (28%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 6 (33%) 1 (6%)
14. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 18 1.14 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 7 (39%) 2 (11%)
15. The instructor spoke clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 18 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 7 (39%) 3 (17%)
16. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
She means well, and listens to students' concerns.
The instructor is excited about the subject matter and seems to enjoy teaching it. I did not feel that the insructors knowledge of the subject matter was adequate.
She is fresh, and mostly excited about her teaching career. She knows that she has a lot of improvement to do, and is open to learning the best methods of how to become better.
can always be counted on to be late for class and not have any of our homeworks/test graded. also unprepared for class. making you feel dumb, saying that the material is so easy, while some people dont understand. saying otherthings likei made this test so easy while people could answer all the questions. she's really good at that.
Speaks English.
making you figure everything out on your own. And talking about how hard she had it at MIT, and how MIT does it.
Speaks clearly
Open to questions
17. The instructor was not available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.72 18 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 7 (39%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%)
18. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Be a little more prepared for class. I know it seems as teaching with another book as a resource may help us by exposing us to more information, but it actually adds more to the confusion. It's like giving a foundation that we don't readily have the proper access to. Also, it gets a little more confusing because the examples themselves we go over in class aren't very clear. I ended up borrowing the Meriam and Kraige book and it was a lot more helpful. Maybe if you just had that as the required textbook instead of the Bedford and Fowler one. Or at least teach with examples pertaining to the techniques from the Bedford book. Although you may think it is unnecessary, it actually does help a lot to smooth out any questions we may have when going over it ourselves. Assigning the book you teach from would be most helpful.
Lectures were very poor. It was obvious that not a lot of time was spent preparing for class. I would suggest that the instructor spend more time teaching the qualitative concepts of the material. This would help the students understand when and how to apply the equations to the homework and exam problems.
DO NOT TRY AND TEACH OUT OF A BOOK THE STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE OR ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE. It is already extremely costly to purchase the required books, let alone, a "supplement" book. Your drawings on the board are not that great, and trying to interpret our notes when we get home without having anything to compare it to is just about the worst way to teach a class. Why would you ever think that we could do both? The book that was required is hard enough to understand as it is, and that is your job as a teacher - help us understand the concepts in it and interpret the examples in IT. Using a magical book in addition to ours that has different ways of doing things is not effective in helping us understand... it is actually MORE CONFUSING. Repetition is the best way to learn something, not crazy clutter. Having a more singular, organized, streamlined approach using the easiest method (from one book) is what should be done. It really sucks to be the Guinea Pigs, because the teacher is learning how to teach at the cost of the student's education and money. Please put yourself in the student's shoes and realize what would be easiest for the student.
find a new job
Lower the difficulty level of the exams; this isn't MIT. Be consistent with the grading; do not grade any one exam/hw assignment harder than the others. A class of this difficulty deserves a grading curve. When explaining the material, be consistent with the variables. Make less mistakes during explanations. On example problems, read/write down the question so as to show the students what the question is asking.
to use the book they actually had us buy, instead of having us pay $150 for one book then using everything else from a different book, that had different notation and how to do everything.
use colors when drawing pictures, use numbers - engineering is ALL about numbers, understand that not everyone has a IQ over 150
A lot of stuff, prepare for class, know the stuff before teaching it, do not teach from another book, while assigning us a different book. Also when making exams, make sure you relate it to the notes you give or do not make exam question that no one knows. and give better notes, more examples for us to understand what is going on, and make sure you understand how to do the examples and not just write it on the board. And just explaining everything more clearly.
I would suggest being better prepared regarding the in class examples. Inconsistent variables, unexplained math, and incomplete examples are frustrating when learning the material for the first time.
learn the course material before you teach it. know it so you can defend it.
if possible, next time only use the course required text.
19. How did the instructor show concern for students?
She emailed back most of the time, and did listen to what we had to say in class.
She definitely wanted us to all learn, and asked questions "does everyone understand? I'm taking silence as a yes..." Actually though, everyone is lost (except for a small number of Brainchildren) and it shows on the tests... low low low scores. Nobody likes to be the black sheep and look stupid in class by saying they are completely lost.
giving problems that we didn't have the resources to solve
The instructor told students what grade they needed on the final to pass the class.
she didnt, she even came 10-15 minutes late on the 3rd midterm. Also she told me she would make a practice problem packet when I asked for the final then proceeds the next week when asked again saying she is too busy on the weekend to do it. That is ridiculous she promises to help then nixs that right before finals.
Tried to give us point to boost the average but it doesn't help, because everyone gets points and therefore doesn't really help the people who are struggling. Just makes the average look good.
yes.
she's available for help through email and during her office hours.
20. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Not necessarily. During class there was a lot of confusion when she taught. A lot of the discussion ended in "I skipped a lot of steps and forgot how I got to that answer, or Verify that for yourselves, or Let's just move on to harder questions," although many of us didn't really understand the current problem very well. She moved quickly with the harder material, yet spent a lot of time on relatively easy material. It was pretty hard to learn.
I'm sorry, but I would not recommend this instructor to other students. The instructor's lectures were not helpful. In fact, they were confusing. Not enough time was dedicated to teaching the actual concepts of the subject matter. Most of the classtime was spent doing example problems, but what good are example problems if you are not equipped with the skills and knowledge to solve them? Also, The instructor did most of her teaching from a different textbook, which made the homework and exams difficult. It would have been more helpful if the instructor taught from the required textbook. Why require a particular textbook if you aren't going to teach from it?
Unfortunately not. Even though Grace is a harder grader, he is a better Lecturer at Manoa. I should have and probably will have to take it over again, but this time from there. Sorry. My education is just too expensive (both time and money) to have to be a Guinea Pig.
hell no. this teacher is terrible, by far one of the worst teachers that i have ever had in my long college career. very unhelpful and not very knowledgeable about the subject.
No. This instructor is too inexperienced. This instructor shows little concern for the students. Does not reply to emails promptly. Confuses students when explaining material. Exams are too difficult for a community college. Does not curve grades at all.
hell no, you dont learn anything from her, she reads straight from the other text book examples and magically comes to the answer many of times and doesnt know how she got there, but will find out for us next class, then she never does. Also the problems she makes up herself are extremely hard to figure out what she is even asking for many of times.
NO. NEVER. Previous engineering prof. say that the mot important thing is to get the correct number. She doesn't even use numbers. She teaches out of 5 books but doesn't give handouts for you to read when the material is not in the text book required for the class. Doesn't explain examples being drawn on the board.
NO! I rather learn something and fail while not learning anything and fail.
I would recommend this instructor. She listened to the suggestions and concerns of the students throughout the semester and greatly improved in the areas that were of concern to the students.
probably not. maybe in a few years after she has the material down. i had great difficulty learning from lectures.
yes, sometimes her lectures were hard to follow because of her lack of organization, but knowing that she's a 'newbie' at teaching it's totally forgivable.
21. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
It was her first semester teaching here so I understand that many kinks need to be smoothed out, but at least she has her foundation. I just wished she would have been more prepared. A lot of problems stemmed from her incorrect notes, so maybe just going over her class notes before class time would be very very beneficial.
Unfortunately, the instructor seemed to not care about being a good teacher and educator. Teaching appeared to be the last item on the instructor's list of priorities. I feel robbed.
Good Luck. I know you are new to this whole thing, and it takes a while to get used to the most effective way of teaching. You'll be better next year, and even better after that.
other than the fact that she should be teaching at any level higher than preschool, i would like to give some examples of why this teacher is bad and not seems like just a mad student. first off, in the begining of the semester i was having a difficult time with the homework and went to go seek help from her. but everytime i would go in a see her when she was in her office, she would not be able to help me because she said that she had not attempted the homework yet and doesn't know how to do it. i start off seeing her a few day after she assigned the homework but then tried to see her just before the homework was due in hope that she would be able to help me, but still yet she had not attempted it. i would ask her questions about concepts or problems and ask her if they were right and she would simply say no, with no explaination or direction toward the right solution. then there was the second midterm that she moved up before the drop date, so that we would be able to see if we need to drop the class or not. but after we finished the exam she email everyone saying if we wanted to know our grade to simply email her and she would tell you, alot of people email her but she never got back to anyone until the drop date had already passed, pointless now. i dont think that this teacher how be teacher a class that is so critical to moving on in engineering, maybe she could teach something less important
Show concern for the students; do not make the class so difficult. The students at a University of Hawaii community college are NOT in the same league as those at MIT.
She is exactly why nobody takes Hawaii education seriously, she wanted to spend more time talking about how great MIT was then actually teaching her subject. If she is going to improve then she needs to use the book assigned, when she does examples in class work them out herself and make sure they are right, and when they are not atleast go back to it in the next class like she said she would everytime but did not.
I don't think she should be teaching.
The students in the class were very judgmental and unforgiving during the semester, knowing that she was teaching this course for the first time. I think she has learned a lot this semester and will be better prepared to teach the course in the semesters to come.
she is generally a cool person, however.
i hope i pass...
22. The instructor actively listened to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 18 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 6 (33%) 4 (22%)

Kim Falinski: PHYS100, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics Crn (Section): 31672 (0)    
1. The instructor did not speak clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
1.9 10 1.1 Freq(%) 5 (50%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor explained course procedure. (attendance, assignments, grading policy, exams, etc.)
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
3. The instructor was available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
5. The instructor explained the course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
6. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%)
7. The instructor was prepared for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 3 (30%)
8. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 10 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%) 2 (20%)
9. The instructor's way of teaching assisted my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 10 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%)
10. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%)
11. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
12. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 2 (20%)
13. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 10 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%) 2 (20%)
14. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
15. The instructor spoke clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
16. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
The instructor was very knowledgeable and knew the content very well.
She was well prepared and spoke very clearly.
Good teaching style. Will stop ever so often to ask if anyone is lost or has questions.
She knows and enjoys her subject matter and teaches it so we understand it clearly.
Know subject area well, good real life examples, homework problems that really challenge our application of concepts.
not bad at math
17. The instructor was not available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.2 10 1.03 Freq(%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
18. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Taking a little more time to explain the concepts through examples and slowing down a little. Sometimes she would skip steps and assume that we knew how to solve the problems.
To make the class a whole lot easier don't go into detail of ever subject just follow what the book has because it gets too complicated.
Can you put grades online?
She has already made many changes to adapt to her students' questions and comments in class and for tests.
More homework problems to practice our knowledge, like the Tarzan question.
Find a different profession.
19. How did the instructor show concern for students?
She would be willing for questions and willing to meet with us for extra help.
She checked up on people to see if they got the stuff.
During lessons she would as if anyone needed help and if we needed help on homework come to her office hours or send her an email and she'll help you.
She was always available for students in and out of the classroom. And readily answered our questions. She always showed concern for our understanding the topic.
Assure students understand concepts before moving on. Address students by name.
she didn't
20. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, because she is very knowledgeable and passionate about what she teaches.
I guess she seems to be overall a person you can learn from and is very fair and nice.
I would recommend this instructor because she's nice and I like her teaching style. She gives an overview on what you will be learning in class then dives into the lesson. Although physics isn't my strongest area I had fun learning about it and she made it fun.
Absolutely. She is highly versed in Physics and makes the subject easy to understand.
Yes for students that want to learn the concepts and apply/relate to real list situations. No for students who just need the course for credit.
Never, she was probably one of the worst teacher's I've ever had. She frequently couldn't do the problems off of the homework she had assigned us, and usually hadn't even tried until we asked her about those problems in class. Often became defensive/argumentative when asked about apparent contradictions in the material. It was obvious she had little to no experience teaching physics before; many of the concepts were very poorly explained. Some of the problems she would make up for the quizzes/exams and homework were far beyond the capabilities of anyone in the class and superseded anything discussed in the concurrent book chapters; this demonstrated how out of touch she was about what the students actually knew.
Yes, she cares about students' grades and concern about students' understanding of the materials.
21. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Nothing.
She rocks!
Does she teach advanced Physics at KCC?
Juvenile, selfish, and amateurish. I don't care what her resume says, this lady is a bad teacher.
Gets excited over physics.
22. The instructor actively listened to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%)