Special Education Teacher Gives Lesson on Kind Words for Us All (VIDEO)

Chris Ulmer's class for special needs students at Mainspring AcademySchool isn't just an opportunity for children to take exams and read books. It's also a time for encouragement, that may not come in the usual format. Chris Ulmer is a special education teacher who gives his students daily affirmations at Mainspring Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, so they can excel and know they're loved.

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Dedicating the first 10 minutes of class to his cause, Chris spends time with each of the eight students he's taught for the last three years -- giving each of them a compliment for them to soak in.

Chris's students have different special needs that range from speech apraxia to autism. He documents their journey on the Facebook page Special Books by Special Kids that, hopefully, will turn into a book. Since their time together, Chris's students have excelled, both in and out of the classroom.

Children learn to love or hate at an early age.I think it's time we actively work towards teaching love and acceptance.

Posted by Special Books by Special Kids on Sunday, November 15, 2015

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I. Love. This.

What some might consider going above and beyond the call of duty is likely no big deal for Chris. Words can have so much life (and death) in them. It's great to know there are people who try to pay it forward with such a kind gesture. You never know the battle folks are dealing with behind closed doors. If Chris can offer a nurturing word that can change one student's day, I say we have a victory here.

Keep up the good work, Chris! More of us should try to do this throughout our daily grind.



Image via Special Books by Special Kids/Facebook

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