School was not exactly the place where I felt most supported, seen and valued. Keeping in line and doing what I was told seemed to be the just of what was asked of me in order to be considered “successful.” Is this method really what brings the best in children? What if, in school, each individual was recognized and valued for his or her uniqueness?
Special education teacher Chris Ulmer decided to do things differently with his students. For the first ten minutes of class, he takes the time to individually compliment each and every one of the eight students in his classroom at Mainspring Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. The results are truly beautiful!
“Children learn to love or hate at an early age,” Chris wrote on Special Books by Special Kids. “I think it’s time we actively work towards teaching love and acceptance.”
With this daily dose of empowerment, Ulmer has seen the confidence of his students skyrocket. Imagine what kind of world this would be if every child was brought up to feel valued for who they are!