A good teacher can change the life of a student.
This is especially true when it comes to the teachers of special needs children. These children are often isolated and struggle with low-self esteem as a result.
One teacher, however, is giving them a very good reason to smile.
That is Florida Special Needs Teacher Chris Ulmer.
Ulmer teaches a special needs classroom at the Mainspring academy in Jacksonville, and he begins each of his lessons by individually singling out each of his students for a session of direct compliments.
Ulmer told ABC that the tradition started as a weekly ritual, however, after noticing the uptick in student confidence on compliment days Ulmer decided to carry the practice out throughout the week.
"They all came from a segregated environment [from general education students]. Now they're participating in school activities, dancing in front of hundreds of other kids and in the debate club," Ulmer said.
Ulmer's ultimate goal is to publish a book consisting of chapters written by or about each of his students.
"Everyone has their quirks, and that's a good thing.We give ignorance a free pass. There is no excuse for a lack of empathy," Ulmer said.
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