If there’s one thing I strongly believe, it’s that teachers really deserve more. Whether more pay, more appreciation, or simply more respect for the profession, we often forget just how many incredible teachers there are out there, working day in and day out to achieve one goal: to educate our children. Can we really put a price on the potential of a more promising future for our youth?
And then, there are countless teachers that go above and beyond this one mission. Their goal goes even further. They want to ensure our children are content, well taken care of, and grow up to be decent and loving grown-ups.
Kinsie Johns is a third grade teacher at Anette Winn Elementary School, in Georgia, USA. The teacher is passionate about her job and adores each and every one of her students.
So when she saw one of her students have her feelings hurt by fellow classmates, she looked deep inside her and came up with a rather unusual solution.
It all began when Kinsie Johns was teaching her third grade class recently. One of the children in her class had appeared at school that day with a unique hairstyle — a bun on each side of her head.
Another student in the classroom spontaneously called the girl “space girl” — and the term quickly caught on. Soon, several other students were pointing and laughing, calling her “space girl”.
Kinsie could see that her student felt targeted and hurt by the attention and comments.
But instead of chastising or punishing the students for mocking her hairstyle and bullying another student, Kinsie decided to try a whole other approach.
The next day, she arrived to school in a brand new hairstyle — her very own ‘space buns’.
“She was beaming when she saw me and the students noticed that our hair looked the same,” Kinsie explained on her Facebook page.
The students immediately understood the important lesson she was trying to send.
“The little point I was trying to make turned into a huge support for my little friend,” she writes. “All the girls in my class are wearing their hair in ‘space buns’ and even some of the boys got involved! They all wanted to support her and we even got some second graders involved!”
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!?” Kinsie adds, quoting popular Dr. Seuss.
What a wonderful — and not to mention, effective — gesture from a dedicated teacher! Please share this story if you agree Mrs. Johns did a wonderful thing for her students!
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