U.S. special education teacher Chris Ulmer has become something of a celebrity in recent days after a video showing his unique and caring teaching methods went viral on Facebook.
Already approaching 2 million views, the video shows how he takes 10 minutes at the start of each class to individually praise each of his students.
“You’re an amazing student. I love having you in my class. I think everyone in here loves you,” Ulmer tells one student, while telling others how “funny” and “amazing” they are.
Children learn to love or hate at an early age.I think it’s time we actively work towards teaching love and acceptance.
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The Mainspring Academy, Jacksonville teacher hopes to instill confidence in his students, and certainly looks to be on the right track.
“Simple reminders of their positive attributes shifts [the students’] focus from what they can’t do to what they can do,” he told The Mighty.
“Instead of focusing on deficits I focus on talents,” Ulmer wrote in his Facebook video. “Instead of talking about peace, love and harmony I display peace, love and harmony. A child’s reality is shaped from early life experience. If they have a mean, jaded teacher they will think [of] the world as mean and jaded. But if a teacher displays love, harmony and peace…THAT will become their norm.”
The video was posted on Ulmer’s ‘Special Books by Special Kids‘ Facebook page, which features videos, illustrations, cartoons and stories that the students have written and put together, along with their families and Ulmer.
“I believe if enough people follow our journey it will erase stigmas and show the beautiful nature of children with special needs,” wrote Ulmer on his Facebook page.