Teacher Hangs Trash Bag By Classroom Door. What’s Inside Is Quickly Going Viral

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In my book, there are two types of teachers. Those who care and those who don't. If I have to put Kristen McCulloch in a category I'd make an exceptional third type and call it "Teachers who care a lot!"

What she did for her students is something that not may teachers would do. She asked her students to write down their problems anonymously and then put them into a plastic bag.

After, she sat her students down, and one by one, she read out each problem in the bag.

It was an emotional moment in the class and it resulted in a lot of tears.

She didn't do the experiment to go viral and only posted it on Facebook to show her friends the profound effect it had on the students. She never expected the post to get over hundred thousand shares.

Below is Kristen's post.

“If you walk into our classroom now, you’ll see a bag hanging by our door. This bag contains everything our class carries to school that we consider problems or bad things in our lives. The things that distract us, sadden us, or make us angry.

Something I have found in common with every student conversation about something upsetting them is that the student believes he/ she is the only one who has a problem, hard life, family problem, whatever it may be.”

“So today, we all anonymously wrote down on paper what was heavy on our hearts, crumpled them up, and threw them. I mixed them all up and students had to pick one up and we all ready them out loud. I could not believe some of the things they have to deal with at home, and neither could their peers. It resulted in a lot of tears, a lot of hugs, a lot of  ‘I had no idea so many people had hard things to deal with too.’

The message of the project, as I discussed with them, is that you never know the weight that people are carrying. It is so important to remember that when we interact with others. I wanted them to see that they were not alone and that they had a whole class of people who could relate and support them.”

“Our stories now hang by our door as a reminder to remember the “bag” others may carry with them”

I simply had to share this story with you guys and I hope it made your day. There are teachers out there who care about their students and Kristen McCulloch is a testament to that. Hats off to her and all the teachers like her.



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