Sometimes We All Need Grace, Teacher’s TikTok Goes Viral

“Life can hit hard, and we all need some grace.”

Truer words were never spoken. And perhaps that’s why Brandon Holman’s TikTok video went viral to the tune of over 4 million views and 63 thousand comments.


This is for all the teachers and students out there. Life can hit hard, and we all need some grace. ##teacher ##middleschool ##fyp ##foryou ##studyhacks

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Mr. Holman, an eighth-grade teacher, opens his video by saying that “Sometimes the nicest thing a teacher can do for a student is let them come in, lay their head down and sleep.” 

He then explains that he had done just that in his own class when he noticed that a particular student was struggling. A fellow student told Mr. Holman that the child had lost his grandfather the previous night. 

Instead of insisting that the kid take a test that the rest of the class was taking, Mr. Holman told the student not to worry. He was giving him a one hundred and he told him to rest and-just hand the test in at the end of class.

Believe it or not some of the comments on the video are condemnatory insisting that students need to earn their grades not be handed them. 

Give me a break.

We are often so hard on ourselves and our kids, expecting them to perform day in, day out, academically, athletically, and socially. And, sometimes it’s just too much for an eighth grader. 

Thank you, Mr. Holman for realizing that sometimes a kid, especially an eighth grader, just needs a place to lay his head down. We ALL need kindness and acceptance sometimes. It’s okay to offer that to a fellow human being. It’s called compassion and I’m all for it. 

Mr. Holman concludes with,

“Sometimes as teachers our tests are not as important as our student’s personal life and we all need to recognize that, students and teachers both.”

An enormous and ringing “Amen” to that, Mr. Holman.

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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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