Sam made Lit Hum worthwhile for me. He is incredible knowledgable and provocative. You may not always agree with what he has to say, but he is usually just trying to spark an insightful conversation. I highly recommend this class. Sam was the only teacher my freshman year that actually cared about me and took the time to get to know me outside of the classroom. He also loves talking about television shows, and he is Canadian - it cant get much better than that.
Sam is awesome. Honestly the only person that could make me laugh, stay awake and learn at 9 o' clock in the morning twice a week. He's entertaining and allows you to form your own ideas about the readings while making sure you stay on track. He's not a terribly hard grader and he really cares about teaching and wants you to like lit hum. I enjoyed taking his class and I genuinely feel like I learned a ton. I would recommend his class 110%.
Sam Spinner is awesome. His approach to lit hum is pretty much exactly what I wanted to get out of the class--he gives you the background, and then lets you form your own opinions about the literature, helping to shape your ideas and guide you toward deep thoughts, instead of just teaching you his opinion on various works. He manages to convince nearly everyone read most of the material, and encourages you to actually become a better critical thinker through the assignments he gives. I feel genuinely smarter after taking his class.
Sam is the definition of laid back, and yet you'll still learn German! He runs a fun, low-stress class, with a good deal of amusing class interaction and discussion. I'd definitely recommend him for Elementary German.