Teacher shares her lesson on fairness using band-aids
Children develop a sense of justice quite early, as evidenced by the frequency with which parents and teachers hear the words “That’s not fair!” But children’s understanding of justice and fairness tends to be simplistic until they are taught what these concepts really mean in a not-so-simple world.
A 3rd grade teacher named Aimee shared how she helps her students expand their understanding of fairness in a viral TikTok video. It’s a basic but brilliant way to help kids “understand” when they see another student getting something or being able to do something that they’re not allowed to have or do.
“Just doesn’t mean everyone gets the same thing,” she says in the video. “Fair means everyone gets what they need to succeed.”
She explains that this lesson helps children understand when a student with diabetes needs a snack, or when a student with autism needs noise canceling headphones, or when a child with ADHD needs a device to fidget.
The video went extremely viral, with 3.7 million views on his TikTok channel (@aimeesedventures) and more thanks to shares on other social media channels.
In a follow-up video, Aimee explains that the fairness lesson was really about fairness, but “not fair” is the terminology kids use when they don’t have a good grasp of this concept.
She also went into more detail about why this lesson is important. Some children need certain tools to help them work better, but those tools are not helpful to children who don’t need them. In fact, they can sometimes be more annoying than helpful and hinder a child’s learning.
Show how a child with a fidget toy might use it while completing a task versus a child playing with it instead of completing a task is a great example of how this works.
Kudos to this awesome teacher for a lesson that not only reaches kids where they are, but also makes the concept clear to adults who need it too. Here are all the amazing educators who are helping our children learn the lessons they need to not only succeed academically, but to become better humans overall.
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