Their Teacher Hangs A Bag Of "Trash" On The Door. The Reason It's Going VIRAL? Absolutely STUNNING!
"If you walk into our classroom now, you'll see a bag hanging by our door..."
When Kristen McCulloch, a school teacher, shared a story about her class, she didn't realize it would go completely viral. For her, she was sharing an encouraging experience that brought joy to her students and helped them overcome some of their roadblocks not only in the classroom, but also personally. Love What Matters shared her story in a Facebook post.
It reads as follows:
"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 in. I mixed them all up and students had to pick one up and we all read 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."
The Post Goes Viral!
When Love What Matters posted McCulloch's story on Facebook, it went viral. To date, it has over 51,000 likes and 35,000 shares. People have been adding their support in the comments saying so many beautiful things about McCulloch's actions.
One Facebook user shared her story about being a teacher, writing "As a high school teacher, I stood outside my door during passing period and smiled, trying to make eye contact with every kid who passed by. "What cute jeans, who makes those?" "My son would wear your hoodie, where did you find it? " "What a cute outfit! You look great!" Why? Because I wasn't noticed in high school. I hated high school. My life at home was abusive and hurtful. But I took my power back as an adult, and tried to make every kid feel like they were noticed, for a good reason. No one knows what is in so many kids hearts when they walk into school in the morning. I love this post. Thank you for caring about our kids."
Another user shared, "I did this today with 50 fifth graders. It really opened their eyes to what their classmates went through each day. By the end of the lesson, at least 20 were in tears."
The post has reached thousands of people and has touched so many hearts. It is evident that it continues to inspire other teachers who then inspire their students. This is such a beautiful way for teachers to help their students see that no matter what, they should support each other and care for one another.