Very knowledgable, unique sense of humor and style of teaching. Can take some getting used to but by the end you love the guy. Underrated teacher, you get what you put in this class. He doesn't take any slackers, he's passionate about what he teaches so don't take the class just for an easy A.
Took his Film and Literature class in senior year. The class itself was fascinating and I learned so much about directing/how films are made. HOWEVER, Mr. Moran is very unclear/vague about his expectations for essays and participation. Kids who spoke multiple times received the same grade as others who only participated once or twice each quarter. Very disappointed that my experience of such an amazing subject was dulled by his grading system.
Before taking American Literature with Mr. Moran, I thought I knew how to write. In his class, I learned how to think deeply and write clearly at a level that I'd never experienced before. Mr. Moran will teach you to write outside of the 5-paragraph form and will instill in you a love for great literature. He has high expectations, but produces good writers.
I had him as my english teacher junior year. He was an average teacher who really likes philosophy. I don't understand how he grades people. For the whole year I didn't participate AT ALL and I got a higher participation grade than my friend who participated every day. Also he is strict at grading essays. Other than that he is an okay teacher. I ended up with an A overall. We don't have that many tests, but there are occasional quizzes now and then.
He got the weirdest shoes. His face and eyes are very alarming. I feel like he doesn't take people's comments and ideas seriously because he does not acknowledge what people contribute to the discussion. He contributes his own ideas, and doesn't continue the discussion from students' ideas. He seems like an okay person, but just a confused teacher.
Nice enough guy, but is a terrible grader, picks favorites, and his assignments are not usually helpful. For example, he likes to give reading quizzes a lot, but they mostly ask questions about irrelevant characters barely mentioned in the book. In terms of grading, it's often subjective and simply based on whether or not he likes your paper, not based on actual criterion. Also, he does have a tendency to pick favorites (often girls).
First impressions are important. I hardly raised my hand in the first semester but I started as the year went on and tried really hard on my work. I asked him to write my college rec in the spring and he said no, I had participated at all. He's a knowledgeable guy but has on/off days and the class atmosphere can get tense. Make sure you raise your hand a lot from the beginning, he loves those kids.
Mr. Moran is truly a knowledgeable teacher. He does pick favorites, and I happened to be one of his favorites so I had a more positive experience in his class than some of my peers. However, I worked hard. He doesn't pick favorites arbitrarily - if you show him you are willing to put tons of time and effort into your work, he will like you. Honors English junior year was probably the best class I ever took in high school. Have an open mind, work hard, and you'll be ok.
When I first had him as a teacher, I didn't really enjoy it but my view has changed at the end of the year. He's actually a VERY interesting person and listens to good music. He just doesn't open about it a lot and is generally quiet. He isn't the best at grading papers but I don't think he's a bad teacher. He is rather biased towards late students and he has really scary eyes when he's pissed (don't piss him off). He's one of those teachers that get really annoyed when you're late for class.
I'll give him that, he loves English and is knowledgeable about it. However...as a teacher, he is not good. He plays favorites a ton and his so called reading quizzes are famous for being nearly impossible to answer. For example, after a chapter of my Antonia, rather than questioning about the main characters or something logical, he instead asks about the dozens of individual minor characters that appear for a mere page or two. It doesn't help that he also grades extremely harshly.
Terrible teacher. Grades unfair. Never shows your strengths and what you're good at in English. Treats the students he likes with more respect. Pretty awkward. What's even worse is, I had the best English teacher last year in the same class room I have with Mr. Moran and he completely ruined the experience for me. Pays too much attention and grades the unimportant details like spelling and grammar too harshly.
Best teacher I had at LHS. Learned more in his class than in any other class - Theology in Literature - not a required english class. Be prepared to work but it will be worth it.
I guess I could say I was a "favorite"... but his class was the easiest class I had all year. I got A's, but I did work hard for them. I don't think he's the fairest, but get on his good side (if that's at all possible?!) and good luck!
He's a good teacher if you actually try to write the essays with effort. participate and you'll get on his good side.
He's not as bad as a lot of people make him out to be. I actually learned quite a lot in his class. You just have to participate a lot. He's kind of biased, though, so keep that in mind.
Pretty good. Sort of intimidating, but if you try hard, he usually respects it.
I like him, he also likes me which could be part of it. He's a nice enough guy and I like his taste in music.
i don't think people who don't like teaching should teach.
He grades according to how much he likes you. It's completely obvious who he favorites. He tries hard, but he's very dogmatic. Wost English teacher I've had.
he has a sharp sense of humor and sometimes it just seems like he doesn't want to be in class. other times though he's a really good teacher, really tough
Mr. Moran introduced me to the Shins. Give him a break hes just ~26. Moody at times, (dont dare get him started on morality) but otherwise a neat guy.
Hey, I think he's a pretty good teacher~ Really full of energy in a restless sort of way, though...sometimes intimidating, but overall, OK!
he took a while to get used to, and for us to get used to him, but give him a chance, and he can be awesome, remember, he has to teach GE, not his fault
At first, I was not sure about Mr. Moran, but I must say he turned out to be a pretty cool person.
Don't be dead, please, it makes it so hard to learn.