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Clay Collins

English Teacher at Miramonte High School
2.7 out of 5
2.7 Overall Rating
Based on 22 Ratings

02/27/12 - Very opinionated. Cannot keep objective view with students. Told a classmate of mine she was childish in being a vegetarian and pinned her views on the invention of talking animals in Sidney's films. I would avoid this teacher for my kids for many reasons. One should not use his/her credential as a ego building soap box...very disappointing for auhsd in general. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 2.0
Clarity 3.0
Knowledge 2.0
2.3 Overall Rating

02/16/12 - Very funny and it's awesome to be in his class most of the time. He has a no-homework policy and offers at least 2 rewrites per essay he assigns, so most people can get at least a B. He will occasionally get SUPER angry and frightening sometimes though if the class starts to annoy him. Apart from that his class was really good Show More Show Less

Easiness 4.0
Helpfulness 3.0
Clarity 4.0
Knowledge 5.0
4.0 Overall Rating

10/27/11 - hes my english teacher! hes SO HILARIOUS and his lectures are super entertaining. however he is a VERY hard grader on essays and i don't like his writing style. he likes students to write simple and n Show More Show Less

Easiness 1.0
Helpfulness 4.0
Clarity 4.0
Knowledge 5.0
4.3 Overall Rating

06/08/11 - The best of the Miramonte english faculty. You will learn alot and gain some new perspectives on different issues. He has strong opinions, but they are great to facilitate discussion and thinking. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 5.0
5.0 Overall Rating

06/07/11 - What a great teacher! He teachers us how to really understand literature and has fascinating philosophy discussions. He is also will not ruin your grade. AP English is a very college-like experience. Show More Show Less

Easiness 4.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 5.0
5.0 Overall Rating

05/16/11 - Mr. Collins is a good teacher. His class is a perfect balance of work and lectures, no time is wasted. His lectures a great. Eng. II is a good class. Show More Show Less

Easiness 4.0
Helpfulness 2.0
Clarity 2.0
2.0 Overall Rating

02/20/11 - Be wary of these ratings. Sophomores are much more impressionable than seniors. He has yet to teach, he only spews out his own ideas every Monday in what should be called "Why I Am Better Than All Of Show More Show Less

Easiness 4.0
Helpfulness 2.0
Clarity 2.0
2.0 Overall Rating

11/15/10 - to ez no challenge Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 4.0
Clarity 3.0
3.5 Overall Rating

03/25/10 - I enjoyed his class a lot, but his teaching is more his opinions than anything else. I learned a lot about various things, but my actual english skills didn't improve too much. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 2.0
Clarity 5.0
3.5 Overall Rating

07/30/09 - Mr. Collins was one of the best teachers I've had, including college professors. He provokes his students to question and examine the conventional world around them. You're lucky to have him! Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 4.0
4.5 Overall Rating

10/25/08 - Collins has his own opinion on things, and he's not afraid to express it. I find his discussions and assignments extremely interesting, and I'm gaining respect for books I know I would otherwise hate. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 4.0
Clarity 4.0
4.0 Overall Rating

03/30/07 - Mr. Collins will not like you if you are ignorant and proud of it. Respect for that. But he is the best teacher I have ever had, and I wouldnt be able to come to school without it first period. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 5.0
5.0 Overall Rating

01/31/07 - Mr. Collins is one of those teachers who truly changes the way you see things. His ways are suspect at time, but overall a great teacher. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 1.0
Clarity 5.0
3.0 Overall Rating

12/14/06 - I love Mr. Collins. Yes, he had his authority problems at times, but now I reallllly know how to write essays. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 2.0
Clarity 4.0
3.0 Overall Rating

08/20/06 - IF HE HATES ORINDA SO MUCH, THEN WHY DOES HE TEACH HERE??????? i used to love english, but thanks mr. collins, i hate it! his was the worst class of my entire day. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 1.0
Clarity 3.0
2.0 Overall Rating

10/13/05 - I think he is really an abuse of authority. There is a difference between teaching and dispensing biased preconceived notions. The best days in his class, he's been absent. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 1.0
Clarity 2.0
1.5 Overall Rating

08/16/05 - BEST English teacher ever! I felt challenged and pushed to look at life differently b/c of him. He is a tough grader, but fair, and his classes are worth the effort. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 4.0
4.5 Overall Rating

03/16/05 - Best philosophy teacher I have ever had. Made me think about the material, not just memorize and regurgitate. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 5.0
5.0 Overall Rating

01/28/05 - He makes you EARN any grade you get. No coasting. Show More Show Less

Easiness 2.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 5.0
5.0 Overall Rating

10/14/04 - AP kids hate mr collins because their lives are worthless. He taught me more in one year then i learned in 4 years of MHS. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 5.0
Clarity 5.0
5.0 Overall Rating

09/01/04 - Not many of his A.P. students pass the exam- a reflection of his teaching? Definitely. Show More Show Less

Easiness 3.0
Helpfulness 1.0
Clarity 2.0
1.5 Overall Rating

12/09/03 - Yes, the thing that all students dread, actual thought!! His assignments may seem like write-offs, but he WILL make you think, and that's a good tihing! Show More Show Less

Easiness 1.0
Helpfulness 3.0
Clarity 3.0
3.0 Overall Rating