Teacher Raises Confidence In Special Needs Students With Compliments

by
Joe Durbin
Sometimes the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference. For this teacher that means taking the time to do this simple ritual every single day.

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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