I told the kids one day that I hoped at the end of the year they could say that their life was a little better off because for one hour a day for one year they were in my class. And they should strive to be the type of people that others want to be around.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Once again I had my students write me letters at the end of the year. I give them some basic ideas, but they are free to write whatever they want. And they do. In effort to keep the integrity of the letters I have tried to leave spelling and grammar mistakes, so you can read them as they were written. In no particular order here are excerpts from the letters:
Thank you for dedicating so much of your time to all of your students. You are such a great teacher. Not because of what I learned, but how I learned. I was amazed how you could put so much of your personality into math. You made class fun. And that made all the difference. My life is a little better off now that I’ve been in your class one hour everyday for 5 days a week.
This year being in your class was actually kind of fun even though we had to do ton’s of homework. But I kind of got used to it even though I don’t do it that often.
Omg, you don’t even no how much I’m going to miss this class. TBH (which mean (to be honest) you were my best teacher this year. like NJ (which means no joke). The part about this class was when you tell us funny stories. I be 2 weak. But ya.... This class was a great experience for me and will help me for my future. So thank you so much 4 everything you’ve done and taught me.
One girl just made a key for me at the bottom of her letter.
JK = Just kidding
Lol = laugh out loud
Really? Give me some credit. TBH and NJ might be a little tough, but I think I'm good on JK and lol.
Have a nice summer, haha. You get it? Because I’m summer. Lol. But have a nice summer. P.S. your my favorite math teacher.
I had a good time in this class (even though I was not there most of the time) it was nice. Did I tell you about a ride back in North Carolina? It is call the Intemedator it is huge. Well, I hope I might be back next year.
This came at the bottom of a letter from a girl in my 6th period:
p.s. you look good in black it brings out your eyes
This was a different girl in the same class:
p.s. you look good in black.
Let me check their last exam and see if they were copying.
This class was ok. I didn’t have much 8th grade friends in this class but it’s cool. I learned how to use fractions a lot better thanks to you. your lessons always make sense. But I want a cool job. I want to be dJ. That would be the sickest job ever. Party all day. If I ever become world famous you would be welcome to my concerts and stuff.
p.s. If I become world famous this paper will be your pass
I liked this class better than Mrs. Nickles because you don’t give that much homework even tho I don’t do homework. Well last week I started a crew, the S.S.C, which stands for see-saw crew because every morning we would go to the park and play on the see-saw. That’s all I’m going to say.
Mr. B you are my current favorite math teacher this year.
Even though some of us did not pass your class (cough) you did teach us a couple things about life, and you did make it fun.
I finally know how to graph thanks to you! Mr. Kerze was weird and also a good teacher but you were better and at teaching us stuff; easier. Btw you should show this to him. J but yea I really liked how you would be teaching us math, then all of the sudden it would be like BAM! Story time! You should’ve brought your wife more often to class thoe. She was nice and helped me on my equations. And my mom thinks your adorable! BYE!
Even though I was a pain for you, you still liked me as a great and intelligent student.
One thing I will say I learned from this class is to never be late and bring in food.
One day one of her classmates showed up about 30 minutes late to first period carrying a bag from McDonalds. I kinda went off. I guess she remembered that.
Anyways you get distracted easily by one second the class is doing math and the next thing you know you talking about your crazy ex or some prisoners.
Your favorite thing is that you want your kids to do good in life. That is one thing I admire about you.
Almost all of my teachers I have had have been funny but you take funny to whole new level because you can use humor that we can relate to for our age.
When you teach us math you make it fun to learn and you do things to some of your students like yelling at them or throwing something at them so you can make them pay attention or whatever but it makes everybody laugh and have a good time.
Once I started your class I noticed you that you explained lessons the easiest way possible which made it a lot easier.
I don’t really remember what I learned this year, but I learned a lot.
You are the best math teacher and a good person. Your story’s are the best. I learned a lot from you and not just math, I learned how to try hard and never give up. I hope you have a great life, and I see you again sometime.
The funnest assignment you had us do this year was when you multiply an exponent by an exponent.
I totally understand. Sometimes my friends and I just get together to multiply exponents. Personally, I love X3 to the fifth power. I could do that one all day.
I learned a lot during this year. I have gained a lot of experience in Algebra. The experience I have gained will be with me for the rest of my life. Unless I get a serious bad case of amnesia or get hit in the head by a frying pan.
Hola Mr. Burrill,
Es un buen maestro aprendier much te usted, usted abbesses es chistoso con la clase porque nos cuenta historia perosnales de su vida. Ami me gusto la marieria que usted tien para que los ninos aprendan facil.
I understand my greades sliped in the last month but that is becaus I wasent handaling my time wisely. I realiy hope I improve on that, (along with spelling and my shyness).
You’re the funniest teacher I ever had. I have learned so much about math this year, that’s why I love math! Ever since I was in elementary school I hated math. I didn’t care about it or I just hated it. Once I got into your class, I started to like math.
Why do you yell at random times?
You motivated me to push harder and further, not just in school, math, but in life. Thank you for a great, funny, and educational year that helped me get back on my feet.
I even have respect for you, because you believe in your students. Even though we act like immature idiots. You still believe we can go somewhere in life.
In the first of the year I didn’t like you much but now your like my 2nd or 3rd favorite teacher.
You’re the best teacher in the world. I learn to much and that’s why I didn’t want to do anything. But you were the best teacher I could have.
I’d like to start my letter off by saying thank you. Thank you for being our teacher and my favorite while doing it. I loved every minute of every lesson that we learned. Especially the 10-star notes, and your funny stories. I can’t wait to see you next year!
I’ve learned so much in you’re class, just never remembered any of it, that’ why I didn’t do my homework all year.
My favorite part of the class are the posters, they are so inspirational and I wish all my teachers had posters like yours.
Finally I had a kid notice the posters. (They are great posters.)
Ever since the beginning of this year I would say math is my favorite subject now. Even though you have been a big asshole you still are my favorite teacher of all the teachers here. I know I’ve given you hard times before because of talking and I’m really sorry for that. My favorite part of my day is coming to 4th period ready to learn and have fun. I really love math now because of you. Have a very nice summer with Stephanie and the kids.
At the beginning of the year you were kind of a dick. But as I learned about it, you do it to help us. I had a lot of fun in your class and I hope to be in it next year.
Even thou you have been mean several times but it’s all right that’s the way you have to be against us.
The truth is that I liked your class very much besides the fact that you sent me out about 5 times.
Thanks for being so hard on me.
I think in future years you should let your classes have more fun. More comedian stuff (the computer not you) cause I didn’t understand any of your jokes.
I’d personally like to be as funny and witty as you are when I’m your age. And my favorite part of this class has been your Mitch Hedberg sketches.
In the beginning of the year I was really shy and didn’t participate very much. After we had that talk I started to have more confidence to participate.
You explain things very well and math is now my 2nd favorite subject. My first is band, of course. But after band me and Katherine talk about what we will be learning today and tomorrow every single day.
When I first came to your class at the beginning of the year I thought you were a dick. And when the year started to go by I still thought you were a dick, but then I started to understand where you were coming from and why you were a dick. So I guess you can say you were a pretty cool/funny teacher and I had an OK year in this class.
I guess you can say you sure learned how to give a compliment.
I thank you for making the concepts understandable and allowing me to figure things out because it makes that “ah-ha” moment better.
My favorite pare of the class is the beginning of the year when Miss S. was here.
I’ll miss walking in here every day and hoping that we’d use the white boards.
You are by far one of the best teachers I have ever had. You make learning fun for me. You are the reason I look forward to coming to school.
One kid even wrote a poem for me:
Mr. Burrill is tight
He never got in a fight
He only comes out at night
To fly a kite and get some chicken mc bites
I always hated math. It was one of my weak points. But you were always there trying to help me. Teaching me, and letting me learn about you. I wasn’t just learning math but also about you. You make me happy when you tell stories. Even though my life is really shitty you give me hope. My best friend is dying and I feel like I’ll die too if she leaves. But you give me hope. Hope that she will be okay. All this hope comes from hearing your stories and for that I thank you. Thank you Mr. Burrill for all you have done for all of us in this class.
Wow. I had no idea.
Thank you so much for taking in this class! If I would have stayed with a long term sub I would have failed. I’ve learned so much from you and not just math. I’ve learned some life lessons as well. I’m going to miss being in this class. I also wanted to thank you for encouraging me to write, because before I was terrified to go up in front of the class. Thank you for being the kind, understanding, fun teacher you are!
If I could go back in time and re-live this year in your class I wouldn’t change a thing. You always made my day, even when it was a horrible day. I just want to thank you for all you’ve done and for believing in me.
And thank you too. You were a joy to have in class.
Just for the record I did teach math I didn't just tell kids stories the whole day, but I guess I can see what they remember. So nice to hear from the kids when they really did learn and grow and can express it such a wonderful and beautiful way. Sometimes I need these letters to keep me going.