Teacher Begins Each Class With 10 Minutes of Kindness

Kindness.

It’s what makes teacher Chris Ulmer tick.

It’s what he’s teaching his students.

Ulmer tells the Today Show that he spends the first 10 minutes of every class addressing each student individually to tell them how special they are.

Ulmer teaches a special education class with eight students at Mainspring Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

He really stresses the “special” in special education.

He makes sure each of his students hear they are a great student, they are funny, they are athletic, or whatever makes them awesome.

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Every day in Mr. Chris’ classroom has a different theme.

On “Funday Monday,” he gives each student the opportunity to do whatever they want for one or two minutes, which mostly consists of trying to make the class laugh.

On “Toast Tuesday,” he’s not the only one giving out compliments; each student toasts another.

And Wednesdays are for being wacky.

"Wacky Wednesdays" in teacher Chris Ulmer's class are all about celebrating being different. He says he wants his students to embrace different. And kindess.

“Wacky Wednesdays” in teacher Chris Ulmer’s class are all about celebrating being different. He says he wants his students to embrace different. And kindess.

All this kindness is part of a bigger project.

Chris Ulmer is on a mission to help people with special needs gain acceptance, which is so much bigger than awareness.

It’s really incredible what he’s creating with his students.

You can find more of his videos and his inspiring students on his Facebook Page.

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Teacher Begins Each Class With 10 Minutes of Kindness

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