Average 3.57 based on 43 teacher ratings
Bruce Downing is a Math teacher at Acalanes High School located in Lafayette, California and part of Acalanes Union High. Bruce Downing's 43 teacher ratings contributes to Acalanes High School's ranking of 892 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Acalanes High School is 3.9 stars.
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Mr. Downing is an interesting guy. I remember hating his class at the beginning of the year but I've grown to love him. Huge tip is to make sure to get to know him outside of class. He still doesn't know the name of most of the students in my class and half the year is through. I found that his class was extremely difficult, but I made sure to stay on top of homework and projects and I went to peer tutoring. Take advantage of your resources and get to know him for a guaranteed A.

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I understand why people don't like him very much; he doesn't really teach. So, if you're not good at math, try to get a different teacher. If you understand math, and can learn by yourself, then he will teach very informative classes. Otherwise, avoid.

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He is a great teacher.

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I have a love-hate relationship with Mr. Downing. On one hand, he's a really nice and funny person and an excellent and knowledgeable teacher. On the other hand, he gives extraordinarily difficult exams and grades them with little room for error. If you have him as a teacher, then you will learn much, but be prepared for a challenge.

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Mr. Downing is a fantastic guy. He's made himself available before school, during brunch, lunch, and after school- and that's just for drop-ins. His sarcasm isn't for everyone, but he treats every kid fairly. His class is difficult, but class is supposed to be a challenge. Sure his tests are difficult, but AHS is a tough school with very high standards. I'm glad I had the pleasure of having him. Just connect with him, which isn't hard to do- he has many, many interests, and you'll be just fine.

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Very funny, caring guy. Just get to know him, and you will be fine.

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He is sarcastic to the students, doesn't teach anything, and can't explain one on one. Why does Acalanes give him the honors sections? Word on the street is that most students will not take another honors math course after having had him as a teacher. Thinks stress is the name of the game and will make sure you feel it.

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Like people have previously said, Mr. Downing is not going to hold your hand through his class and make sure you are learning and understanding the material. But hey, that's what college is. You've got to take responsibility for your own education, and sometimes learn most of the material yourself. If you're good at math, or even just decent, you should be able to do well with a bit of effort. He's a pretty hard grader, but you get used to his system after a while. SHOW YOUR WORK!!

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I don't understand how people said he was a good teacher. He hasn't explained ANYTHING that is not written clearly in the book, and he refuses to make math interesting or easy in anyway. If you don't

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boring time in class, teaches right out of the book. Funny person, but never tries to teach.

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Ugh, hes sooo hard. he doesnt teach..AT ALL. it's always just homework, and he doesn't give you enough time to do ANYTHING including the warm ups and stuff. He NEVER teaches, and it's all homework,

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Downing is possibly the best math teacher ever. He doesn't hold your hand through the homework and expects a lot from his students, but he is always there to help if needed and is an awesome guy.

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This man is awesome, a real legend.

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Well he's a very interesting "teacher". I took his honors geometry class and his Algebra 2 Trig class, and while the first one, the honors, was hard, and he didn't "Teach" the second was really easy.

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Mr.Downing is pretty funny, every1 laughs in his class all the time... but his tests r really hard, and he does not teach that well, i learnt everything at home wen i read things again pretty much...

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Best teacher by far.

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Mr. Downing has basically taught me since day 1. I have found him helpful and occassionally funny. I am now at MIT and have been able to survive the math classes here because of what he taught me.

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He is soooo funny. Not a great teacher though- he expects us to understand it after reading the chapter and him doing an example or two.

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i liked downing. he was ok at teaching, but he is just absolutely hilarious.

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i had downing last year for geo honors- biggest mistake of my life. he expects honors students to understand everything by themselves and need no help at all. (and i don't get his jokes)

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Basically a tech-yourself-math class, and a hard one at that. Not much of a personality, either, besides the dry humor.

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lets see: dry humor, doesnt explain anything, expects everyone to grasp concepts on their own, he only explains things if you come talk to him 1 on 1. Shoulsnt he do that in class?

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Great man and funny. But he doesn't teach, he expects us to just get it. I find the class to be really hard.If you come in after school, then he will teach you, but that takes time

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I've come here to vent my frustration with Mr. Downing. Not only does he NOT explain the homework, but his condescending jokes can easily be taken TOO far and become personal.

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entertaining but doesnt explain the homework. very intimidating so you dun wanna ask question in front of other students. its embarrising.

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Are y'all kidding me? Downing is GREAT! Such a great and funny teacher, his classes are the bomb! I'm in college now but I wish I still had his classes.

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very boring and unhelpful. I had to teach myself geometry.

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Downing's the kind of teacher you either love or hate. I love him for his sense of humor, though he could lay off every once in a while.

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He says, "here's the assignment, figure it out." The book doesn't know how to talk, how can we do well from the book? He makes fun of people, but he's funny.

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omg mr.downing freaking makes fun of the kids he teaches. he makes you learn out of the book rather than teaching himself

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Booooooooooooooooooooring! Class is boring but he is funny

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HilariousMakes fun of every kid, Chew, he's over Danell, and me for asking him how to do the last problem with the star next to it

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awesome...

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mr downing is one cool cat i'll tell ya that much. it's ok if he's mean cuz he likes me

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HAHAHA THIS GUY IS HILARIOUS HE IS AWESOME!!!! he makes fun of chew but thats all

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Makes fun of everyone a little, but is just kidding, if you can laugh at yourself sometimes he's a good teacher.

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worst teacher u could ever have.. makes fun of students and doesnt teach anything during class... just makes u work on ur own

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he is a funny guy, but he does not teach. we are expected to teach ourselves.

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awesome guy! very funny!

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funny as hell, great teacher

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Seems to randomly dislike or like certain people and is pretty sarcastic

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Extremely boring. Lectures all period, every day. No variation. Not a bad guy, just boring.

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A funny guy...

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