Average 4.02 based on 66 teacher ratings
Ronald Shapiro is an English teacher at Woodson High School located in Fairfax, Virginia and part of Fairfax County Public Schools. Ronald Shapiro's 66 teacher ratings contributes to Woodson High School's ranking of 330 in Virginia. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Woodson High School is 3.93 stars.
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Great teacher if you are not a slacker.

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Mr. Shapiro's class is the most stressful class I have ever been through. For the first assignment of the year, he sets up the prompt so that it's literally impossible to write a good paper and then he fails you for it. He forces you to ask him for help if you want to achieve a good grade on an essay. I pride myself in time management, but I've struggled to complete his work in time. Sure, my writing skills have improved to some degree but I'm having trouble telling if it's really worth it.

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bad class not fun

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Incredible educator. After his class I got 100x better at writing.

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I admit, I had Mr. Shapiro YEARS ago. I am now a freelance writer and a novelist and consider myself a pretty accomplished writer. But I had a terrible time in his class. I recently came across a poetry assignment from his class that he had just slammed. I remember feeling so shut down that it was more about technique than ideas. I was so intimidated, it hurt my self-confidence and made me give up on writing, thinking I was terrible.

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One of the best teachers I have ever had. His course is hard, intimidatingly so, but the piles of work and papers end up being worth it because every student who applies themselves becomes a noticeably better writer.

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He is a really interesting person. Taking his class makes you into a better writer, however there is a serious risk of it hurting your GPA. I really enjoyed the seminars, even though my views were far from his. If you like a challenge he is perfect for you. Expect a large amount of work, but also a fair bit of help. He just wants to make you into a better writer and person.

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I don't even know who this is but he has a cool name

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he gives so much work but he's just trying to help us and make us better writers so he's good

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Mr. Shapiro is a very hard teacher. He expects everyone to agree with his perspective, and many students are afraid to raise hands in the class due to the scrutiny he brings on them. He is very biased towards students, and getting a good grade on any essay is close to impossible. Even though he has helped me tremendously with my writing skills, I would not want anyone to go through the same experiences as I have.

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On the first essay of the year, even if he tells you to write an extended paragraph, write a full essay. It will be better structured and probably get a higher grade. You also need to save all your assignments from the class because you have to put them in a Portfolio. Don't BS the cover page on the essay because he'll take off a lot for it even though it doesn't really matter to anyone else. The 4th quarter Portfolio takes probably 10-12 total hours of work, so your life will be miserable

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Although Shapiro assigns a boatload of work, it absolutely pays off in the end. People complain about the harshness of this class, but what they fail to realize is how helpful it is and how well it prepares them for future classes plus college essays

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In the 1stquarter, you will have failed the first essay, then revised it and done way better. You will have a decent grade for the quarter, but drop out unless you have an A. His class only gets harder, and the 4th quarter is a living hell.

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There are clear discrepancies between the difficulty of his class and other English teacher's grading scale; his class serves no purpose but to assign a plethora of busy work and satisfy his narcissistic self.

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Mr. Shapiro teaches his honors class like an AP class, and a very hard one at that. He gives out a huge workload, most of it is pointless and useless except for keeping us busy because he thinks we don't have anything else to do.

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Mr. Shapiro is truly a tool and a half. He's a frustrated college professor who takes it out on his students. It seems like half of what he says in class is designed to feed his sickeningly large ego. He wants to be his students' psychiatrist rather than their English teacher. An astonishingly large number of the assignments are created to force the student to artificially "discover" things about themselves rather than the authors or novels being studied, which is the point of an English class.

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I love Mr. Shapiro. Most of sophomore year I can say with confidence that I didn't share my currently liking of him. His class was crazy hard with tons of work--perhaps too much but it's worth it. I am a writer and love English, but Mr. S was the one who taught me how to truly write and think. The change from the first paper to the last was insane. He was the best English teacher I've ever had--maybe even my best teacher. He's a very different person but you should give him a chance. Go Shaps!

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This class may have been a highlight of my life, passing it was a major milestone. He knows a lot but expects us to know as much as he does and doesnt really provide you with a understanding of the assignment until you receive the grade back. I played sports and he seemed to like me on some days but other days he seemed to pick on me. This is how he is towards most of his students, our class was very awkward because nobody wanted to answer his questions that had nothing to do with anything.

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lol. so you didn't get a good grade in his class and you put all the blame on Mr. Shapiro. take some responsibility. maybe you should have been in regular english class. i earned a good grade and am also a republican and not one of those pretty girls. it was a great year of learning.

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At first I almost wanted to switch out of his class because of his high expectations, but in the end it was a life changing class. Even though it was challenging most of the time and I got little to no sleep during the school year, he is genuinely a very very good teacher who really does want to help you. He's a wonderful mentor and someone that I admire greatly. He's taught me a lot and through his class I've learned so much about myself.

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If you take English 10 honors with Mr. Shapiro, you can kiss your entire free-time goodbye. The workload is huge, and most of it is vague, busy work. You will improve immensely as a writer after the course, but throughout the year you will feel like tearing your hair out and crying. The portfolio assignment at the end of the year served as the most pointless, time consuming project I've ever been assigned. We had to create five essays, all of which were aimed to please his narcissistic self.

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Funny guy, but also 'very' (I emphasize that) bipolar; he gets upset and mocks you if you don't agree with his view on something. Dedicates a lot of time to the students. Conferences with him aren't too helpful, purposely doesn't tell flaws in your writing until you get your grade back -- expects a lot out of students. He makes the class enjoyable, yet also challenging with a huge workload so if you're planning to slack off in this class, you've come to the wrong place.

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You won't get an A unless you're a very naturally-gifted writer and the workload is huge, but I definitely improved as both a student and a writer in his class. You really do learn something.

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Yeah, he might be a good teacher and all, but seriously..... he gives NO clarification on ANYTHING. He tells you to do something, and expects you to know exactally what he wants. He expects everything to be perfect in the end. He never tells you the requirments. I think he thinks we're all going to be blessed by some higher power and spontanuously know how to do the assignment....

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If you want to think, he will always encourage it. A welcome challenge to the usual high school fare.

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I had Mr. Shapiro for honors english...worst class ever. His instructions are very vague, and when you go in for conferences or ask questions he talks to you like you're stupid. Tons of work, but he's really disorganized so m

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I had Shapiro for Pre AP and he is honestly my favorite english teacher. I ended up with an A in the class, but although he assigns a LOT of work, the rubrics are very clear on what he wants, and he is always willing to stay

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Anyone who criticizes him most likely did not like the demanding writing requirements and probably should not have enrolled in an advanced class.

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shapiro sucks balls. dont get him. he will ruin your life. everyone who i know (including myself) hates him and didnt really learn much

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I took Pre-AP, and it was possibly the hardest class I've taken, as the workload was incredible. It was as if I was in an AP class. I didn't get a very good grade, but that class has significantly improved my writing. I'm in

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I had him for pre-ap. hardest class ever. i hated him and that class but at the same time i actually learned somthing. i think he just hated me for some reason so just try to get on his good side.

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Best English teacher ever. My writing improved so much in his class. He assigns alot of work

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I had him for English 10 and creative writing. English 10 is a ridiculous amount of work, but your writing actually gets better. In creative writing he is incredibly chill. Just act like youre serious

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He is the best teacher I've ever had, he is so helpful and cares about everybody improving their writing.

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His classes are nice. Both the english and creative writing. You use laptops a lot in creative writing and there is a fun project at the end of the semester. There are a ton of fun stories. He is a good teacher for stuff.

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His classes are very interesting in a good way. He will try to help you if you give him the chance to, like conferences. BUT there is SO much work. It will be worth it if you want to persue english and get better at it.

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he's an OK teacher. he plays favorites, for sure. Everybody either loves him or hates him, probably dependant on your status as either a favorite or a non-favorite. If you play a sport, switch out...

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Nice man but expects kids to all have the same passion for english he does (meaning lots of time occupying work), HE allows redo's for better grades if you talk to him personally. but doesnt teach writing-expects you know it

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Awesome guy, really makes you think about things (literature and the world) in ways you never have before. Very wise. Try to be on his good side or it could mean trouble.

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puts in alot of effort

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I feel I have become an amazing writer because of Mr. Shapiro. You will not get an A, and the immense workload prevents you from focusing on other classes. If you play a serious sport, switch out before your year is ruined.

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IMPOSSIBLE to get an A. He plays favorites. Calls it Pre-AP english when it's NOT. If you want to protect your GPA, switch out.

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Mr. Shapiros class is excellent. Though it is difficult to receive an A, he gives increcible feedback on papers. He does seem to play favorites however, and he makes mean "jokes" about less motivated students.

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crazy hard class but soo worth it. youre guaranteed to be a better writer by the end of the year.

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i had him for English 12 1999-2000 and English 9 1996-1997 school year. HE was SO HArd i Failed English 9 and Got an D in English 12.

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good teacher

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Mr. Shapiro was the best english teacher i've ever had.

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Mr. Shapiro is the best English teacher ever!! He inspires genius from his students. Beware the cabinet of chains. Hes so wonderfully nice and funny. Hard, but definately worth it

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i get the feeling from his insulting "jokes" that he doesn't like me very much

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he grades so hard! great teacher. really creative. picks favorites sometimes tho. actually, i'm working on a paper for him right now! and it's 12:21 AM... i'd better start it...

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ugh, shappy was horrible...he would conference with me just to tell me what I was doing wrong, but never gave me any improves...read lots of great books though

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Stupendous teacher and I love his peaceful, tree-hugging morals

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Mr. Shapiro is one of the best teachers at Woodson. Whether you like him or not, he challenges you and improves your writing. Intense, but deal! It's worth it.

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Mr. Shapiro is really a wierd kind of guy. Creative writing is really easy though.

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great teacher.... conferences are the best... but hes a bit intense

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His conferences are awesome to help with revising papers! Yeah!

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Mr. Shapiro may be a hard teacher but he is always available to help us. He really wants people to try their best.

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hahahahahahah honors students: good luck!

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Although he is a hippie, he is the best english teacher I have ever had. I learned so much in his class

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shappy is awesome and a good teacher

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he still thinks its the 60s, but he's a good teacher.

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dude, overage hippie...

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MR. Shapiro, is a great guy and all just really, really out of it.

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