Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world; they are responsible for moulding young minds and preparing them for the ups and downs of the years ahead.
This is why, when a teacher like the one from this Relax Kids Tamworth post comes along, we have to acknowledge a job very well done.
Using a simple apple analogy, this teacher managed to instil the message of just how destructive bullying and nastiness can be on a person.
This teacher brought two apples into class, with the sweet fruits looking identical from the outside. However, what the students didn’t know was that she had repeatedly dropped one of the apples on the ground before class.
She then encouraged her young pupils to join in with her as she described how beautiful the ‘good’ apple looked, which went very well. The kids were, however, amazed as she started to describe the ‘bad’ apple in a less than flattering way.
“Some children looked at me like I was insane, but we passed the apple around the circle calling it names: 'you're a smelly apple', 'I don't even know why you exist', 'you've probably got worms inside you', etc. We really pulled this poor apple apart. I actually started to feel sorry for the little guy,” explained the teacher.
What happened next stunned the kids, and taught them a genius lesson.
The teacher held up both apples - which looked exactly the same on the outside - cut them open, and observed. The apple on the receiving end of the unkind words was totally bruised and mushed inside.
Moral of the lesson: even if it doesn’t seem like it on the outside, your words have the power to deeply bruise a person.
“I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions. When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don't show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn't have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it,” wrote the teacher.
She went on to call on adults, parents and teachers alike reading the post to instil in their children positive ideals about how to treat others.
We think this is genius.