Average 3.61 based on 38 teacher ratings
Donna Duff is an English teacher at Blacksburg High School located in Blacksburg, Virginia and part of Montgomery County Public Schools. Donna Duff's 38 teacher ratings contributes to Blacksburg High School's ranking of 257 in Virginia. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Blacksburg High School is 4.09 stars.
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Although she may be a harder english teacher she teaches everything with a purpose and makes you understand what you are learning about. She maybe hard but if you put in the work it is a class worth taking. Plus she is an amazing and sweet person and has even dabbed for me so, I love her.

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Mrs. Duff is by far one of the best English teachers I've had in my school career. She has a very well structured class that centers around student participation and growth. While her class is challenging, she provides us with knowledge that will be useful in higher education and in the business world. For example, she is already preparing us for SAT's with vocabulary building exercises and quizzes. You can tell that she genuinely cares about the success and happiness of her students.

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I am so confused by what some of these reviews say. She helps us all the time with our work, lets us redo all sorts of assignments, emails me back to answer questions, etc. All of our work is given ahead of time and listed on the board in the room.I guess she is challenging so people have a problem with her. I know she loves our class! I have had to work for sure but glad I am glad to learn this year.

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The only reason people do not like mrs. Duff is because she's a challenging teacher. If you like the challenge you will love her. She is the best English teacher in the school and helped me with my writing. I love her and would want her to teach me all four years if she could.

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Ms.Duff is not my favorite teacher by any sense of the matter, while knowledgeable, she often gives exams which she hasn't taught about, fairly certain she has OCD and has a very short fuse about talking and getting things done, parts of class can be helpful, but she can be unclear and not teach very much.

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Does not teach material or tell people when homework is due, not very helpful or nice either. Grammar was not taught and most tests by intelligent students were failed. Not a fun class

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I don't understand why she has to take so many points of little stuff such as format. She never goes over what to do, it's just expected to be understood when looked at on the messy and stressful whiteboard. She doesn't do much teaching and just gives a bunch of passages to read. I would not recommend

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She is an overall decent teacher. She will get very frustrated if you talk to your friends! Her warnings are quite sassy, but it's something you'll get used to. Make sure to focus in class and get on her good side!

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If you do your work and don't goof off in class, you can see that she actuallyteaches very well and tries to help you comprehend the lessons and different writing techniques.3

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My experience with Ms. Duff was pretty good, but there are a few things to watch out for. Her tests are subjective and very specific, so study hard. If you're a patient, hard-working student, you'll get a lot out of her class. If you talk or use electronics in class, forget assignments, don't read the material, or get frustrated with teachers easily, you're in for a rough year. She does show slight favoritism, as you can tell by the incredibly mixed reviews, so be sure to stay on her good side.

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My son comes home complaining about how she is so bias and terrible, and she gives too MCUH homework, not just right

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She is probably the hardest teacher i have ever had. But it has made me so much better for future classes.

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One of the best!

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Mrs.Duff very based on your relationship with her. She will be very rough and tough if you don't understand what she is teaching, She doesn't have much patience for students who don't get things immediately. On the other hand her tests are fairly easy (Pretty vague so questions can easily mess you up if your not careful). Overall she is a good teacher if you know how to deal with her, otherwise you might be in for a rough year.

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Tests and homework are vague with little to no information about either. Has good points to make.

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She is one of the best teachers I have ever had. She is inspiring, caring (extremely so) and very knowledgable. She respects her students, but she is a no-nonsense teacher, which explains the more negative comments. I wish I could spend another year in her class- this is the English class I learned most in so far.

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Mrs. Duff's room number is H311 for a reason. Both her and her tests are super opinionated. She assigns a lot of work, but if you use SparkNotes you'll be fine. She picks favorites and is EXTREMELY rude to everyone else. Sorry if you have/get her.

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Couldn't be better. Relatively challenging, wonderful person.

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She is a wonderful teacher. I've never learned as much in any of my other classes.

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She is very self opinionated and isn't interested in knowing her students. Her test are extremely difficult but her class is fairly easy. I personally hate when she calls on a student and asks them a question but the kid doesn't know the answer, Mrs. Duff wont just move on and ask another student, but instead she will wait and awkwardly stare at the kid until the answer correctly which could take 10 minutes. She always blames problems on other people. Overall not on my favorite top teacher list

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She chooses her favorites, and one bad thing can get you off that list. Her class is not difficult in content, but her tests are very hard only because they are specific to her reasoning, not a class where you will feel comfortable sharing your own opinion.

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I love Ms Duff. She's an amazing teacher! She doesn't have favorites. There are people she respects more though, because the other ones are always talking and not staying on task.She's a great teacher

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I loved her! If she likes you, shes great. But gets annoyed at class clowns, but when again, can you blame her?

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She has a very clear opinion about everything, and feels that her opinion is the only right one. Her tests are also very subjective, and she discourages students from asking questions.

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Mrs. Duff is the best english teacher I have ever had. I think you all are just scared and intimidated that she is making you use your brians for once...get over it.

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I'm shocked to learn of this-disgruntled children insult adults dedicated to teaching them with no substantiation or recourse for those attacked? Ms. Duff has never been anything but wonderful!

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All of you should quit your whining--what, did she cause you to have to actually think for a change? Ms. Duff was so helpful to our whole class...maybe we were just all her favorites. Grow up!

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i felt that she treated my child very unfairly. she is very different depending on who you are. not a good educator if you can't play fairly or justifiably.

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i found her really mean. she's rly biased and obviously only is nice to her favorites. she teaches so much unnecessary stuff and there's a lot of busy work.

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She shows favoritism towards certain students. She encourages inclass discusions/debates but intervenes when she doesnt agree with someone's perspective.

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This was one of my least favorite classes, she didn't like me just because my opinions didnt correspond with hers most of the time. Good luck, youre going to need it if you're taking English 9 Honors

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she's ok except every multiple choice answer on her tests are seem like the correct answer, but apparently only one is right...

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i had her for junior ap american lit. she may not have been the easiest, but she helped me sooooo much... give her a chance!

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Very weird person. Class atmosphere is awkward. Stays very much a distant and unknown entity. Expects you to work a lot on assignments outside of class.

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i did not like her, she plays favorites

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She's a very cool teacher and person.

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