Average 4.07 based on 68 teacher ratings
James Edgar is an English teacher at Niskayuna High School located in Niskayuna, New York. When comparing James Edgar's ratings to other teachers in the state of New York, James Edgar's ratings are below the average of 4.25 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Niskayuna High School is 4.02 stars.
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He is a great teacher! I look forward to his class. Although, he seems to grade things at a slow pace. Besides that, I love his class!

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He's an amazing teacher and a person that you just know has a passion for learning and educating students

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He was awesome! So knowledgeable on everything , his classes can feel a little like a lecture with all of his tangents but he still really taught me a lot, and far more than any other English teacher at Niskayuna High School has. He also always keeps you busy, we read a total of like 8 or 9 books and had a paper due around the same time. But he is always willing to offer you an extension. Just pay attention and actually read the books and you'll have a lot of fun and learn a lot in his class.

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In my opinion, Mr.Edgar is one of those stereotypically bad teachers you see in movies and cringe at. His monologues are long and stale and he most often relates everything we read to either Twilight or the Bible. These long tangents he goes off on serve no purpose other than to prove that he knows more about anything than his students do. He often negatively corrects you when you're wrong and makes you feel really bad about it, unless you're one of the popular girls.

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Mr. Edgar is the best English teacher you'll ever have. It is clear that he wants his students to get the most out of the books read in class and literature as a whole. During his lectures in class, he provides many examples which allow you to grasp concepts at a deeper level. I wish for the test essays I received feedback on how I could improve for the future. Other than that, the tests are fair, yet challenging. I also wish he would provide comments for class participation grades.

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I found his class to be fun, and his lecture style lessons to be interesting and relevant. I had him last year and I hope I will get to have him again before high school ends.

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He's very smart, extremely passionate about what he teaches, and very clearly loves his job. I have him for fantasy and whenever I ask him a question he gives a clear answer, plus background information which legitimizes the answer and answers any followup before it's even asked. I've had teachers with a hint of arrogance with their knowledge, Mr. Edgar is the clear opposite. If you love learning, fantasy, or want a teacher who'll help you while having fun at the same time, Mr. Edgar is the best

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I have taken his classes and have been personally delighted to hear his insight on books and many other topics, as well as his ability to be "current", as in he is able to use technology and understand what's going on. I would recommend this teacher.

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Mr. Edgar is the man. Sometimes he gets very boring and I need to leave class, but some days he makes some great points. He gets that we are seniors so he gives the perfect amount of homework. He has a great style in which he presents his points

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Really good teacher. Definitely knows what he's talking about. Tests are as fair as can be, and essays are graded pretty generously (he rarely gives anything below 85 on an essay), so it's the pop reading quizzes that make or break your grade - but those are also pretty fair. The reading amount for homework isn't bad at all. He does, however, teach towards the more intelligent people, so I can see how it could be hard to follow if you're struggling.

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He is quite knowledgeable and definitely knows his stuff. However, he could improve upon the fact that he talks all throughout class which kind of puts people to sleep. Otherwise, he's a great teacher.

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Mr. Edger is the most boring teacher I ever had. I literally fall asleep in his class everyday. I have not learned anything this year because he just goes off topic and then doesn't even remember how it realates to the book we are reading.

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His 9H class is one of my easiest classes, every class follows the same boring format: He lectures for half the block and then we discuss as a class. His assignments don't ask for much, and I mean it, he gave me an A on a report on a book I didn't even read. Overall, his class is easy but boring, he loves to go off on tangents and repeats the same stories over and over.

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I personally loved Mr. Edgar, he didn't give out an obnoxious amount of homework, and if you could stay tuned into his discussions then you definitely learned a lot. 9H was pretty fun! If I had one thing I didn't like it would be that he didnt give you very much information on what to study for tests.

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I absolutely love him and his class.

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his classes are really boring because he just goes on and on and on about books and stuff. its always the same. he always drinks diet coke in the morning and usually ends up burping in the middle of one of his sentences. he also enjoys to make jokes and laugh about them while no one else is laughing. he likes to sing to tthe class sometimes too

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You don't learn anything in Edgar's 9H classes. All you do is listen to him rant about the books. What he calls "class participation" is answering his redundant questions about the book. When students answered them wrong, he would put on a negative attitude so you would never want to answer a question again. He plays favorites and also calls on people without raising their hands. I'm so glad I have Weidman this year!

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AWESOME teacher! Except he's a little hard.

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he's a good teacher and his lectures are very interesting although sometimes they can get a bit tenuouse when he gets very into it....

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Ahh his classes freshmen year were so interesting. He can be alittle boring while going over books because he gets really into them.

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mr. edgar is a great teacher. he's actually intelligent, and can be pretty entertaining.

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Although many people think Mr. Edgar is an outstanding teacher I believe that he does not put as much effort into grading like others. I was an extremely bright student in English class before I went into his class and received B's on almost every assignment. I would sometimes question whether he actually graded those papers. Although I find these statements aboce true, he is very intelligent in English.

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Awesome teacher. Knows so much about everything!

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Mr. Edgar is very intelligent. He is a great teacher, and interesting. A bit tough, B's in his class are good (my opinion) makes class very fun and is very funny if you pay attention to him.

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I have to say that he's really been there, he wasn't afraid to bring up the controversial issues. A little off-topic sometimes, but very good overall.

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Rarely appreciated teaching style, focuses more on the student teaching themself. This has the effect of creating students who learn the subject, not just listen to it.

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He makes great connections however he gives you the same grade all year and his class is very boring at times.

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If you don't talk in class, you're pretty much screwed.

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Great Teacher! Makes everything in class interesting!

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Mr. Edgar-best teacher i've ever had in my life! people who complained must have been the ones who talk in class.he's really interesting, and he knows everything in the world!!

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He make great connections between the 9H literature and our lives in the modern world

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this guy is awesome... dont you think?

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Every teacher needs to be like Mr. Edgar. Seriously.

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If he says "success to me is helping you succeed" again i'll drop his class. Very unclear and has many irrelevant tangents in class.

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his test questions are very specific, and when you try and get help, his answers do not answer the question. his grading criteria is questionable, but he knows his info!

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is a good teacher, however i do not know his criteria. When i think i do bad, I do good. I don't really know what he wants. But is pretty easy so far.

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I love how people on this page feel that they're more qualified to decide what deserves what grade than Mr. Edgar. He's a really smart guy, and if they'd let him help, they'd learn

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Good teacher, but he is so pompous and rude it's ridiculous.

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Biased toward stuff he likes, only gives good grades to sentimental stuff.

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Makes class interesting, but tests are hard and grades tough.

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Really great teacher!

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needs to make his class more fun and less boring!

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At frist I didn't know what I thought of him, but as classes went on I realized that he was interesting to talk to and his lectures were interesting too.

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His tests had opinionated questions, he gave u the same grade all year regardless of improvement, said 'uh' incessantly and had favorites.. but was ok overall.

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just outstanding

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Mr. Edgar was probobly the most inteligent and fascinating teacher I have ever had. I had him for honors english and he realy helped prepare me for later years

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mr edgar is friggin awesome, we may not have learned all that much about english, but he is an interesting teacher and great guy. hellz ya for mr edgar!

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He really needs to stop talking about Dartmouth cause no one cares.

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Mr. Edgar's a great guy. His class isn't nearly as difficult as everyone says it is and he really cares about his students.

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likes himself more than his students. when he doesn't like you it shows

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in my opinion, the most fascinating individual at the school...All this negative feedback is a result of his difficulty. However, the man is brilliant.

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favorites cuz he askes me why i don't say stuff, but he never calls on me when i raise my hand he picks on that same 4 people before anyone else. but he's cool

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Maybe if he graded his papers as fast as how much he talks, then we'd actually get papers back within the same month!

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excellent english teacher. freshmen ought not complain so much, as it is only 1 yr. into ur high school career -- comparison is important.

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plays favorites.

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i dont have him for english but i did for study hall and all i did was talk about random things with him...hes great!

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Never let me go to the bathroom, very boring, nice guy.

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I think he's a good teacher. He made class interesting and I actually learned a lot in his class. Plus, we had fun, but that was because of the kids...

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How could you say something bad about Edgar.He is awesome is very funny and in Ninth grade we always had interesting convos during class about everythig

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Mr. Edgar is a sweet heart and has so much to teach students! I love the man!

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talks A LOT...we have talked about everything to disney movies to incest...fun class tho

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Fantasticly funny guy. Says Um alot, but don't hold it against him. Very difficult grader.

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Great, I LOVE the side-talks

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(i've heard he's gotten better) when i had him, the grade you got on your first paper was the same for the rest of them. once a kid wrote gibberish and got an A

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heh, buffy...

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nice guy

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COOL DUDE

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