Teacher Explains Why Students Can’t Truly Be Treated Equal

By: Carissa | Last updated: Oct 11, 2023

Equality has been a hot topic of conversation in classrooms across the country, but the reasoning behind why everyone truly can’t be treated equally can be difficult for some to comprehend. An elementary school teacher took to TikTok to share her incredible method for explaining the terms of equity to young children.

21-year-old Aimee, who goes by the handle @aimeesadvantures on TikTok, is a third-grade teacher from Utah who implemented an impressive technique for teaching little ones about equity. In a video that has gotten more than seven million views, Aimee shares a simple way to educate others about equity.

Using Band-Aids to Help Her Explain Equity

The elementary teacher’s wonderful explanation can offer insight about equity to people of all ages. Aimee uploaded a video to TikTok that really challenges her young class to think about why their peers may require certain resources that others don’t.

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To start her video, Aimee explained that she used band-aids as a helpful teaching tool. She revealed that she asks her students if any of them have ever bruised their elbows. Of course, the children raised their hands to signal that they had experienced a bruised elbow before.

At First, Students Often Confused By Her Analogy

After calling on one of the kids to recall how they hurt their elbow, she hands out band-aids to those who have hurt their elbows before. Next, Aimee asks her class of third-graders if any of them have ever bumped their heads.

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When several students raise their hands, she asks one of them to explain the circumstances surrounding their injury. At this point, Aimee hands the kids another band-aid and says, “Here’s a band-aid for your elbow.” The children are understandably confused by her gesture, as a bandage for an elbow does not help someone who has bumped their head.

Students Receive More Band-Aids for Body Parts That Aren’t Injured

Aimee carried on with her lesson by asking if any of the kids in her classroom had ever scraped a knee. Again, a few of the kids’ hands go up.

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She continues the same routine before telling the children, “I’m so sorry you scraped your knee, here’s a band-aid for your elbow.” The kids are beyond confused by this point, but that is when Aimee educates them on the power of equity in certain situations. “Even though I handed the same thing (band-aid) to everyone who was hurt, it wasn’t helpful to most of them,” she explained.

What Is Considered Fair and Unfair to Elementary-Aged Children?

The TikTok teacher tells her classroom that “everyone getting the same thing isn’t ‘fair’ but being ‘fair’ means everyone getting what they need to be successful.” Suddenly, the children are enlightened about what it means to be equitable within a classroom environment.

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Not every child needs certain things such as a fidget spinner or noise-canceling headphones, but it seems “unfair” if a certain student gets something while others do not. Aimee’s method accurately portrayed a “fair” situation where everybody getting the same thing was not beneficial to each child’s specific needs.

A Powerful Teaching Tool

Aimee detailed how her illustration of equality by using band-aids has helped out tremendously in her classroom.

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“After this lesson, students are much more understanding when their friends with diabetes need an extra snack, when their friends with autism need noise-canceling headphones,” she said. “When they’re friends with someone who has ADHD and needs the fidget-spinner. It helps with everything.” Aimee’s technique has been so valuable to her students that she wanted to share it on TikTok.

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TikTok Commenters Go Wild With Praise

The teacher has received an outpour of support for her easy yet effective teaching method in the comment section of her video. One viewer wrote, “Slow clap! THANK. YOU. Thank you for teaching your students that we all have different needs to make us successful! Incredible.”

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A fellow teacher wrote, “I’m teaching a diversity club and this will be great for teaching equity vs equality! Thank you!!” Another commenter who aspires to become a teacher was quick to comment, saying, “It also covers empathy! As a future teacher, I’m taking notes.”

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Calling For Aimee to Explain Equity to Adults

The teacher’s explanation of what it means to be equitable struck a chord with a lot of commenters and some even suggested that her method could be used to educate adults as well.

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“Quick now teach all of the adults,” wrote one person while another said, Can you explain this to Congress?” One woman wrote that Aimee’s explanation even helped her grasp the concept of what it means to be truly fair, writing, “Kids were confused?! Heck I’m 26 and I was confused until you explained.”

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Aimee Says Viral Video “Changed My Life”

Aimee has shared dozens of videos of her teaching techniques to TikTok since her equity lesson went viral, but that video, titled, “How I Teach Fairness to My Elementary Students,” remains her most-viewed clip by a landslide.

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The positive feedback Aimee received from the video has been astounding. She has periodically reposted the viral video to her TikTok account along with the caption, “The video that changed my life,” and has garnered thousands of views each time.

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Following Up on TikTok

Aimee posted a follow-up video titled “Part 2 of the Band-aid Lesson.” The clip garnered more than 33,000 views. As a third-grade teacher who values inclusivity, she pays extra attention to accommodating certain students depending on what their individual needs are.

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Understandably, some kids tell her that “it’s not fair” when a diabetic classmate gets candy to regulate their blood sugar while the other kids don’t. Amazingly, Aimee revealed that all she needs to do is say “band-aid” and her class immediately understands.

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Acting Out Various Similar Scenarios

In her follow-up video, Aimee further explained that teachers can’t use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching, as every child’s needs and capabilities are different.

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Being a teacher requires the ability to be flexible and to understand every child. Therefore, Aimee acted out several examples that might suit one student but not another. In one instance, she outlined why a fidget spinner could be very helpful to a student with ADHD, but it could also act as a distraction to others.

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Aimee’s Successful Lesson on Equity

There are plenty of situations where Aimee’s band-aid method could help people gain a better understanding of what is fair and what isn’t. Her strategy is straightforward yet undeniably informative.

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Aimee’s TikTok videos have collectively amassed more than 3.8 million views. As people around the world utilize similar teaching methods to educate their students on the importance of equity, Aimee’s video continues to be an eye-opening experience for those who watch it.

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