Chris Ulmer is a 26-year-old special education teacher at Keystone Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, and last week he posted a pretty amazing video on Facebook showing exactly what goes on in his classroom each day, and it’s pretty revolutionary.
What crazy thing does Ulmer do?
He starts out each school day with 10 minutes of complimenting his students.
That’s right! 10 minutes of daily affirmations and high fives…and guess what? Those daily 10 minutes are worth more than gold to Ulmer’s students. He told The Mighty that many of his students in an educational atmosphere where they felt defeated before they came into his school. “I consider it my job to reverse this psychological hardwiring and build up their esteem,” Simple reminders of their positive attributes shifts student focus from what they can’t do to what they can do.”
Ullmer has seen this practice make a huge difference in his students’ attitudes towards themselves and others.
“The children have become much more social and their communication skills have grown incredibly, both verbal and nonverbal,” he told The Mighty. They praise each other for accomplishments as if it was their own,” he says in the video’s caption. “They never insult one another and actively work towards helping each other.”
I gotta say, this is pretty genius work, Mr. Ulmer. I LOVE the people in my life with special needs and I think of all teachers used your methods, schools in general would be so much more positive and productive!
Check out Ulmer’s sweet and inspiring students in the video below!
Children learn to love or hate at an early age.I think it’s time we actively work towards teaching love and acceptance.
Posted by Special Books by Special Kids on Sunday, November 15, 2015