Average 4.45 based on 41 teacher ratings
Paul McNiff is an English teacher at Burbank High School located in Burbank, California and part of Burbank Unified School District. Paul McNiff's 41 teacher ratings contributes to Burbank High School's ranking of 517 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Burbank High School is 4.24 stars.
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Paul McNiff is a bland, egotistical, and passive aggressive person. That being said, he’s a really great teacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed his class. He teaches the material, but also is a very hands-off type of teacher. He expects you to know the material, and lets you determine your own faith. He’s a somewhat tough grader, but that only makes you a better writer. This man really does prepare you for college. Also, I named my hamster after him.

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Very learned man. He does have an ego though, but it's funny because he tries to hide it. His class is very difficult because he refuses to hold your hand. He makes you work for your grade. He teaches the class like a college class, and grades like an AP examiner would. I averaged around a high 4 on all of his essays and tests, and on the AP I got a 4. My friends also got AP scores that matched with their scores in his class. Everything he emphasizes is on the AP, even if it seems pointless.

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The best teacher I ever had at BHS. He's hilarious and incredibly sarcastic. He does not sugarcoat anything and he is one of the most insightful people I've ever met. He teaches AP like it's an actual college class. This is one of the hardest classes I've ever taken because he actually makes you work for an A but he really does like to see his students succeed and he will help you if you ask. You read A LOT in this class but it's worth it.

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If you're already good at English and used to taking AP classes, then you'll be fine. I can't see how you would learn anything new from him, except maybe better tools for analysis. The only way to get an A is if you're a really strong writer and are good at poem/passage analysis- throughout the year you should adjust your writing style to what he looks for, but it's not impossible. Other than that he really doesn't care about most things and you can pretty much just chill. Basically like college

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I don't understand why he thinks he's so much better than everyone else, I mean he's a teacher, but his inflated sense of superiority is awful. chill class doe

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One of a kind teacher. Not afraid to speak his mind. Wise beyond his years. Treats and talks to his students in a manner which gets them ready for the real world. Nothing but love and respect for the man!

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Every year there's that one class where I want to do well in just because the teacher is just that amazing, and this year, he's it. He's straightforward, honest, straightforward, and honest; his class

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Mr. McNiff really knows how to teach. But he makes the big mistake of thinking that everyone is like him and has the same thought process as him and likes and same things he does and grew up the same

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Good teacher, hard class

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ap lit is super hard if you just came from a regular english class. hes a cool guy though. he will def work with you just talk to him

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He is very real and straightforward, doesn't powder the things he says. He isn't fake like some other teachers. Class itself may be boring but if he is fed energy by the students it is a fun class.

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Mr. McNiff is most definitely the best teacher I've had throughout my highschool career. He's very witty and his class is very interesting and pretty simple if you read and pay attention. :D

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has narcissistic tendencies, but gets the subject matter across. The literature is rather interesting, and has a high repuation among staff members and male students.

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Fairly aloof, but engages you in material and highly emphasizes symbolism in writing and literature. A bit too calm and deadpan for my taste, but is a learned and respectable guy.

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An absolutely amazing teacher, only because he gets to the point and is very blunt. He doesn't sugarcoat anything, expecting you to handle whatever he throws your way. Very great sense of humor too!

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A very relaxed and knoweldgable teacher. Treats the students as adults and critiques us like a teacher should, on the dot and to the point. Gretest teacher by far :)

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hes too boring!!!! he talk too much, every1 fall in sleep. no1 pay attention him. hes good teacher but too borin.

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Very kool teacher

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McNiff is the best teacher I've had in high school. AP Lit is challenging but it's senior year so dahhhhhhh wellll.

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He's very helpful when it comes to writing. His criticisms are direct and constructive; and he gives good tips. He also gives help outside of class. He's witty and easygoing.

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i love mcniff....he is a very helpful teacher...hes tells you what you need to improve on and how to do better in the class ...i would take his class again if i had the chance :)

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he tries to act superior...and he thought i gave him a hard time in class...HA

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BECAUSE OF MR MCNIFF I GOT INTO ENGLISH 101 IN HIGH SCHOOL NOT ONLY THAT BUT I HAVE BECOME A STRONGER WRITE. THANK YOU MCNIFF!!!

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A great guy and a wonderful teacher.

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He should stop calling Hope "Hopeless".

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Smart, funny, candid, and laid-back. The kind of person I'd love to hang out with. AP English Lit is the highlight of my day by far.

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McNiff is one of the best English teachers I've had. In AP, we do tons of neccessary prep with little busy work. His class is always constructive and humorous.

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lowers the human race and makes students pessimistic about the world!

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best teacher EVER. so smart, funny, cool, nice. wud marry him if i cud. taught me so much. class was so fun.

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The only english teacher I'll meet who actually enjoys interesting writing. Martian Chronicles? Awesome. What a great guy

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watsss uP McNiff...AwW u KnoW ur gonna miss me eatin in class...n tryin to hide it!

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Mcniff is the coolest english teacher i've ever had and the best tennis coach

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HE TAUT ME HOW TO SPOKE AND RIGHT. I SPOKE GOOD NOW BECASE OF HIM. HE COOL TEACHER. HE NEVER FORGOTS ME. LOVE YOU MUCH

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haha. cool beans

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hahah i had mcniff for summer school. he's so chill! but then agian he let us listen to our CD players n cher n i ate in class even tho he sed no but ya lol.

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McNiff is a great English teacher. He's really helped me improve my writing.

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Your're the best McNiff. Keep on teaching becuase that's what you were born to do. Everyday in your're class is a pleasure. (Correct Grammer)You should have kid

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AWESOME TEACHER! makes everything much more understandable!

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HE'S DAH BEST TENNIS COACH EVER !!!

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McNiff has taught me so much! I know that my writing has increased tremendously & that it'll help me in my continuing years of study. He's 1 of my best teachers

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