And, just as we learned when this dad used Alexa to teach his teenage son a lesson on sneaking out of the house, Aimee’s video proves that how you teach a concept is just as important as what you’re trying to teach.
In the video, Aimee explains that each year, on the first day of school, she uses regular bandages to teach her elementary schoolers an important lesson in fairness.
“I ask my students to raise their hands if they’ve ever scraped their elbow. As you can imagine, they all raise their hand,” she explains.
“So, I get a Band-Aid. I pick on one student to tell us a story of how they hurt their elbow. Then I put the Band-Aid on their elbow,” she continues.
“Next, I ask who’s ever bumped their head. More hands go up, I have someone tell me a story, and then I say, ‘I am so sorry you hurt your head. Here’s a Band-Aid for your elbow.’ The kids are a little bit confused at this point,” Aimee goes on to say.
“Next, I ask who’s ever scraped their knee. More hands go up, and I say, ‘I am so sorry you scraped your knee. Here’s a Band-Aid for your elbow.’ At this point, the kids are super confused,” Aimee says with a chuckle.
“I’ll stop my lesson, and we’ll have a conversation about how, even though I gave everyone the exact same thing, in the exact same way, it wasn’t helpful to them,” the teacher goes on to explain.
“In conclusion, ‘fair’ doesn’t mean everyone gets the same thing. ‘Fair’ means everyone gets what they need to be successful,” Aimee smiles.
“After this lesson, students are much more understanding when their friends with diabetes need an extra snack, when their friends with autism need noise-canceling headphones, when their friends with ADHD need a fidget spinner and they can’t have one. It helps with everything,” the teacher concludes.
‘Where do we have to move to get you as a teacher?’
TikTokers poured their praise and thanks into Aimee’s comment section, lauding her clever lesson and her dedication to her students.
“YOU ARE EXACTLY what kind of teachers we need!!!” one user wrote.
“This is the best way to teach it to younger ones. They don’t understand equity/equality, so fairness is a great way to explain,” another user commented.
“Slow clap! THANK. YOU. Thank you for teaching your students that we all have different needs to make us successful! Incredible,” wrote one user.
“Where do we have to move to get you as a teacher?” asked one user semi-jokingly.
“I wish my babies had you as a teacher,” another user shared.
“LOVE! Those kiddos are so blessed to have you,” commented another user.
“Quick, now teach all of the adults!” joked one user.
Aimee is clearly helping shape the future of our world with her impactful lesson on equity vs. equality. Here’s hoping for a better, brighter tomorrow, thanks to all the hard-working teachers out there!
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