Average 2.74 based on 29 teacher ratings
David Kobrin is a retired Social Studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology located in Alexandria, Virginia. When comparing David Kobrin's ratings to other teachers in the state of Virginia, David Kobrin's ratings are below the average of 4.33 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is 4.01 stars.
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Doctor Kobrin is a great teacher. His emphasis on the use of primary sources really gets you to take a deeper and more analytical look into history. You get well prepared for the AP exam too, and even his detractors have to admit that he has a good (if sometimes weird) sense of humor. The only problem I have is his lectures. They are pretty much repeats of the text you just had a quiz on...

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If you are looking for straight memorization for the AP, A. Look for something else, and B. that's not what Dr. Kobrin is about, so take advantage of his class to learn more about how to analyze history and modern situations. Study for the AP on your own time and with the study time he gives you in class - it's not a big deal, so don't think that's what history is all about.

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he is actually a really nice guy... at times... if he likes you... anyways, he tries hard to prepare people well for the AP -- and I got a 5 like many other ppl in his classes. you do have to self teach a bit for the lectures aren't the most helpful and interesting. walking choices... umm... can't say I miss them this year. I tried to switch out of him in the beginning of last year and couldn't, but i ended up liking him.

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Do anything you can to switch out! I ended up with a B+ for the year in his class, but the struggles i had with him and his class throughout the year were not worth it. He grades subjectively and does not prepare you for the AP at all. He's boring and repetitive. I sincerely wish that I had made a bigger effort to switch out; that HUM ruined my junior year.

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He did a bad job preparing for the AP, his lectures are pointless and repetitive and he says the phrase, "master narrative" like 50 times per day. Not to mention he doesn't teach what the "master narrative" says; he only refers to it. Plus he punishes severely for the smallest deviations from his instructions, which by the way are all generic, unclear, and useless. Don't expect an easy A (or fair grade for that matter) and don't expect a 5 on the AP without ALOT of self preparation.

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He knows what hes talking about and the walking choices really make you think. If you can self teach you'll still be fine on the AP. Everyone I know in my period got 5 after reading their princeton review prep book like 2 times through. The last month of AP prep really brings everything together and hes honestly a really nice guy if you ever talk to him. Much much better than the horrible person he teaches with tho pretends to be nice.

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i really liked DK...too bad hes an awful teacher. he gives too many projects and is a biased grader. he says to learn history objectively, but teaches it from his own liberal and NUANCED opinion. the only history i learned all year was when i crammed the week before the AP. he skipped the civil war in our class....not like it was important or anything...

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I really liked Dr. K, I liked him more as the year went on. He's helpful and really does want you to learn. Great guy.

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He's a hilarious guy, and walking choices are pretty fun, but he does a bad job of preparing you for the AP. I have no idea how to write a DBQ or an essay. To get an A on a project/report, you have to get it PERFECTLY PERFECT - he takes off a lot of points for tiny things. His quizzes leave a lot to luck and less to your knowledge of history. He knows his history... but you have to dig it out of him.

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He's one of my favorite teachers. I don't think people realize that he's teaching history at a more advanced level than high school. He genuinely cares about students, obviously loves teaching, and even takes some of his own time to hone his teaching skills. I do wish that we didn't have some many projects however: those really don't help that much, though the mock trials were fun. He's very knowledgable and used to teach at Brown, and I think that if you get to know him, you'll enjoy the class.

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Tells us to study history objectively but teaches his opinions. During OBriens class he walks around telling people to go get a drink of water or put something away. Also grades very subjectively. If youre a straight A student you might still fail a paper

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Is a good guy, and not a bad teacher. I like how he's fair and doesn't follow the book to the core.

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Grading is unpredictable. But a truly nice guy who will teach you a different way to think about history if you choose to listen. Very accessible one on one.

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Strange thing... Dr. Kobrin's class (HUM II for me) is outragously boring and pointless, but I can't seem to give Dr. Kobrin bad marks. Bad teacher. Good guy.

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A guy who knows his history but is bad at teaching it. Talks way too much of what historians think instead of the actual history

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The man is really nice, but can't teach AP U.S. history at all. Example: We went through the civil war in 5 minutes, both world wars in 1 day. Thinks he's funny

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Very nice, very helpful, goofy sense of humor. The world may never know what he expects of his students.

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Smart guy who I think does a good job of teaching, and his willingness to discuss all aspects of history really help me understand the material.

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He's an awesome guy and loves to teach. If you pay attention in class, you'll learn. However, there is always a constant battle between him and O'brien...

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He's a very reasonable guy.

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"you only got into this school because you cheated the system"... and he was SERIOUS. forces his opinions and grades on bias. run like the wind from his class!!

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His class isn't very educational, but I still think he's very nice. He is very trusting and cares that you learn. He's not an impressive teacher, but he tries

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This guy spends the year preaching about the value of objectivity in history and then does nothing but teach his opinions. What is history? What is teaching!

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what if i discovered this classroom ...sometimes funny, sometimes boring

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can't hold my attention for mre than five minutes at a time!

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He's new, so cut him slack

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Things are pretty difficult if you don't understand what he's asking for

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What is history? What is teaching?

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He's a great person, but sometimes he's not very clear

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