Although we didn't have time to write our college essay, Mr. Nicastro's class was one of very few classes I actually looked forward to going to my junior year of high school.
Nicastro is a good teacher but if your assignment isn't EXACTLY the way he wants it then he will give you an F. He picks favorites and his final is the hardest out of all the comp exams. He's a very tough grader on the few but extensive writing assignments he gives. At GHS it is part of the curriculum to write the college essay, he never had us write it and expects us to reach out next year. SWITCH OUT IF YOU WANT TO WRITE THE COLLEGE ESSAY.
For the first semester everything seemed fine, he was hard, but I actually thought that I would be learning something. Now I can confidently say that I am learning, but only in a way that makes me want to cry. I spend every day fearing the period that I have to walk into his class. He has recently decided to give the majority of one of his classes a 0 for participation due to their high level of energy. This man should not be teaching if he doesn't know how to handle highschoolers.
This is a followup to my previous review. Nicastro isn't rude all the time. He just doesn't appreciate lack of effort. You need to work for your grade and participate (it's 20% of your grade) to succeed, and if you don't, he sees you as a slacker-- this doesn't mean he hates you, he just knows you're capable of so much more. He doesn't get enough credit for this aspect of his teaching. He's not all bad like some of these reviews say. He's a good teacher--he doesn't need to be fired. Chill.
Not approachable, doesn't take any responsibility for his students doing poorly. Picks favorites and bases participation grades off weather he likes you or not. Unreasonable grader especially with reading quizzes. Switch out if you can
He knows his stuff but doesn't make anything clear. He throws a bunch of assignments on you at once and expects them to be done in the next week and a half. Very Tough grader, even though I had good pieces of writing he though they were written by a caveman. Only in his class I have had a problem with writing. I feel he just has days where he just gives everyone a bad grade. When a lot of people do bad on an assignment he thinks it's the students fault and never links himself to it!!!!!!!!!!
Mr. Nicastro is one of the greatest English teachers I have ever had, and he's just a great guy. I laughed so many times in his class every day, and I learned so much. When you read a book, he really makes you think philosophically and enjoy it.
I love Mr. Nicastro! He's really nice and made me a better writer, just make sure you partcipate! It's 20% of your grade...
Great English teacher. I had him for English 10 Lv 1 and he is really awesome.However you have to be willing to work for your grade.If you are then this class will be good for you and you will learn a lot and be a better writer in all of your other classes.If not well you will probably end up disliking the class.He can be a little strict at times but that's only when you are being distracting or disrespectful in class.I had a really great year with him even though I had to rewrite my papers alot
BEST ENGLISH TEACHER I'VE EVER HAD AND IT'S ONLY BEEN A QUARTER. I've learned so much these last two months, more than I learned in my last 3 years of English. He is very helpful and teachers you a lo
nicastro is awesome.. he is a hard grader but he gives u a bunch of opportunities to rewrite essays.. class participation is really important but the class discussions are great so its not a huge deal
Nicastro was probably the best teacher I ever had. He grades very difficult, but no matter who you are, if your writing meets his standards and you've revised it enough, you'll get a good grade. He ne
He is one of my favorite teachers but can be a hard grader on essays. He lets you revise them, though; so come to him for help on them! Very big on class participation and always says hi in the halls
Very cool guy, but quite a tough grader. Make sure you follow his guidelines and participate in class.
he was the first english teacher that i actually learned something!! hes really nice and so helpful. make sure you stay after tho and youll get on his good side. participate allll the time
I love nicastro hes by far my favorte teacher iv ever had hes just smart and cool
really, REALLY great teacher and guy, yes, it is true he is a tough grader, but if you stay after with him for help and show you are working hard, he will take it into consideration when grading you.
OK teacher, pretty frustrating and annoying. Super hard grader on essays, but really tries to pull the potential out of you. You MUST PARTICIPATE If you get him for comp or journ, ummm, switch out :)
really tough essay critic, but part of the reason why he is such a great english teacher. after his class, writing an essay was easy. i went to him for help even when he wasnt my teacher anymore!
best teacher i ever had at GHS. i graduated years ago, but still remember him fondly.
Really hard essay grader. So hard, he sometimes doesn't even give you an essay grade. He makes you come meet with him. You still fail. He can get pretty annoying too.
Hes one of those teachers that you have to aggree with to get a good grade. If you see something different than him, you are wrong.
He seemed in a better mood when he taught with Miss Labbe
really cool and funny. makes fun of students a lot haha. extremely hard grader. light work load. pretty good teacher.
his class is fun, we have good discussions, he doesn't really give out good grades on papers though
Ridiculously hard grader. He has weird things u have to follow like, its only logical if its chronological. he always gives me low grades even though my family thinks my writing is great.
honestly one of the hardest graders in GHS. hard to know what he wants on any given assignment. one of those teachers that you need to regurgitate info back to him for a good grade.
wicked cool guy but grades wicked hard... prolly one of the hardest graders in the school but a great teacher
I think hes a genuinely funny and nice guy and a really really good teacher, but also really hard. Journalism with him is insanely hard, but also kinda fun
this guy was my homeroom teacher for the 1st half of freshman year. Up until the day i graduated he greeted me in the halls whenever i passed him. cool guy
Fidel Nicastro! Its great that I can have him again this year im pumped! Hes a tough man but realy smart and funny. Genuinely a nice guy.
Pretty good teacher. Had him freshmen year and as long as you did the work and tried you got an A. Though I heard he's tough for other classes like journalism.
Nicastro is great! he's really funny. He doesn't grade the easiest, but neither does he give grades we don't deserve
nicastro..... oh boy good guy not always CLEAR!!! though until i get a good grade on my paper will he be a good teacher.