Why metacognition might be the most important lesson I teach…
Got this email today from a student I taught last year (now a sophomore):
Hi Mr. Burk,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for teaching growth mindset last year and warning against misery poker. I have found that there have been times this year where I have been tempted to play misery poker and play the “how hard is my life” game and your teaching of how useless and unnecessary those sentiments are have helped me to dispel those feelings and kick on. I sincerely hope that you continue to teach that.
I hope that you are enjoying your new physics classes and that Maddie is doing well.
And this from a student I taught two years ago (now a junior):
I hope you’ve been having a great year so far! I want you to know that what you taught me freshman year has really stuck with me. When I answered a question in my Running Through History application about my most valuable course experience at Westminster, I talked about your class, how I learned to understand instead of memorize, and was inspired to “change the world” as you always said. Mr. T suggested I tell you, so here I am to thank you for it!
I also wanted to share an interesting article with you that my Dad gave me. Here’s the link: