Courtney White, who teaches high school language arts, went viral on Tik Tok for explaining why she doesn’t assign homework. She has been getting some hate online for her philosophy. She’s been teaching 4 years and believes kids work hard all day in school, so they shouldn’t need to spend hours at home doing more work. Many students have to take care of other siblings, have jobs, or are at practice until 9pm. Some just need to sleep. She says their mental well-being is essential to her students learning and doing well in class.
Every Monday, she has them fill out a Google Form about their mental health. It stays between the student and her, and gives her a barometer to know what’s going on in their students lives and how she can help. Overall, White wants to connect with her students to make them feel supported and loved. And that…is awesome.