Adapting to remote learning while being stuck at home has been tough for students, but it’s also been incredibly challenging for teachers.
Despite how hard it is to keep the attention of an entire class through a screen, many teachers continue to go above and beyond – including one who dived into a lesson on a huge slip and slide simply to make his pupils smile.
And one class who haven’t taken for granted the efforts their teacher has gone to decided to surprise him with a huge thank you, choreographed perfectly from their homes during his video chat lesson.
A recording of the heartwarming moment was uploaded to TikTok by @Laurenherrle13, captioned: ‘Surprised the sweetest teacher on our last day of class’, and the clip has racked up a staggering 7.7 million views on social media.
It shows the teacher as the only person with his camera on during a Zoom call as he tries to teach his 19 students, and he asks: “Is it the new cool thing to do, not turn your camera on?
“I’ve heard that. I’ve heard that in some classes nobody turns their camera on, including the instructor,” as he laughs in disbelief.
He adds: “Okay here we go. Seriously, is it my fault that you have your cameras off?”
But before he can begin attempting to teach to 19 blank screens, one student speaks up to say: “So, Dr Brown we actually kind of wanted to do something.”
He asks: “With your cameras off?” and the student asks everyone in the class to reveal the surprise, all turning their cameras on at the same time to show them each holding huge posters with messages to say thank you.
The teacher immediately wells up as he say: “Oh you guys, you’re going to make me cry”, taking his glasses off and putting his head in his hands in tears, before being able to mutter ‘thank you’ in return.
The clip has been liked 1.9 million times as people said the brilliant moment “made me cry so hard”.
One person replied to say: “Not to be dramatic but I would die for Dr Brown.”
A second wrote: “When he said ‘is it my fault you have your cameras off'”, with a crying face.
Another added: “Protect Dr Brown at all costs.”