Average 3.96 based on 26 teacher ratings
James Biersteker is a History teacher at R.S. Mclaughlin Collegiate & Voc Institute located in Oshawa, Ontario. When comparing James Biersteker's ratings to other teachers in the province of Ontario, James Biersteker's ratings are below the average of 4.17 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at R.S. Mclaughlin Collegiate & Voc Institute is 4.3 stars.
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One of the best teachers on this entire globe to be teaching history, he has great attendance questions and is a great devil's advocate as well to any student that states their opinion to the point where their opinion is broken down to the student having to counter argue. He would engage us in each of his history lessons about WWI, the dirty thirties, WWII, holocaust, and the cold war era with the USSR. It's sad that he is not at MCVI no more but Seoul could use him more.

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Awesome teacher :)

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Spends too much time talking about himself and debating. Not enough teaching the course. Since he takes too much time doing other stuff other than the course, he rushes in the last few weeks of the course to teach everything he has missed and not going into enough detail to study properly for the exam. The first three quarters of each class is spent debating and the other half is spent and the rest is him rushing through everything to teach enough to stay caught up.

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Amazing teacher looking back on highschool. Got me interested in so many things and I can say for sure this man helped me become a better person. Had dinner with his family, went to MUN conferences, let him borrow DVD's haha

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Awesome guy who knows what he is teaching! Helps you think outside the box and even more of yourself to get the best results possible! Take his advice when he offers it!

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Thanks to Biersteker, I was amongst the few at University who did not need to be taught how to write a proper essay. Also thanks to him, and the debates he always started class off with, I have developed a perspective on the world that I would have otherwise lacked.

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one of the best, stimulates critical thinking and preps well for university, model united nations sessions have expanded thinking more than any sports team has

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He's hilarious. Makes you think and treats you with at least some respect. I think he is a great teacher. Sure, he's annoying a little bit, but its funny. He gets his points across and you actually learn something. :)

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Best Teacher at RS. Challenges your thinking, most accurately prepped me for University. Don't take the class if you want a high mark, take it and come out a more intelligent, analytical, and a society contributing citizen.

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Teaches a good class, prepared me well for a university major in history, classes are accurate, allows for good discussion, and is helpful if youre willing to try. Why would he help those who dont even make an effort?

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Excellent teacher. Makes you work for your marks, and tries to challenge you. He's found his vocation.

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debates everything and allows his personal opinion to have bias against students, despite what he says about being unbias.

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good teacher. kinda annoying.

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Awsome teacher, he's fair and gets you thinking. I loved my first history class!

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Knows his stuff...really gets you thinking. Good teacher for a boring subject

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Cool guy

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VERY HARD MARKER, VERY HARD CLASSES but really cool teacher.... just keep a dictionary nearby... yeah donut fridays :)

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Why would anyone with half a brain want to sit through this guys lessons. He spends half the time talking about himself and the other half boring us!

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Talks a good game but doesn't know the subject. Arrogant and elitest. Hard to believe they would hire him at such a great school.

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good guy, lots of laughs and a great teacher all around

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Great teacher, makes you think outside the box.

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nice all around guy keep up the good work

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R.S. Mclaughlin Collegiate & Voc Institute is located in Oshawa, Ontario with an average teacher rating of 4.3 stars. When comparing R.S. Mclaughlin Collegiate & Voc Institute's teachers to other teachers in the province of Ontario, R.S. Mclaughlin Collegiate & Voc Institute's teachers are above the average of 4.17 stars. R.S. Mclaughlin Collegiate & Voc Institute ranks 538 amongst all High Schools in the province of Ontario. Learn More