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    Updated on Mar 6, 2020. Posted on Mar 4, 2020

    This Teacher Let A Student Sleep In Class And Skip A Test, And His TikTok Explaining Why Is So Important

    "Sometimes the nicest thing a teacher can do for a student is to let them come in, lay their head down, and go to sleep."

    Brandon Holeman is an eighth grade science teacher who has been teaching in Henderson, Kentucky, for two years.

    Brandon Holeman / BuzzFeed

    Brandon told BuzzFeed that he originally created a TikTok account to watch videos and never planned on actually posting any. But that all changed after some students challenged him. "One of my students said they could get more followers than I could in a weekend, so I decided to make my first video," Brandon said.

    And Brandon crushed the challenge! He said that within 24 hours of posting the video, he got almost 50,000 followers! Like, I am thoroughly impressed.

    Brandon Holeman / TikTok

    Brandon then decided to start sharing more videos. And the following video about why he let a student sleep in his class one day quickly went viral, generating more than 5 million views.

    "I shared this moment because people often times don’t understand that students, even in middle school, have personal things going on at home," Brandon explained.

    Brandon said his small gesture in the video teaches more than any assignment ever could. "It teaches students about life and what it means to be a kind and loving person."

    Brandon Holeman / TikTok

    "As it was happening, I don’t think anyone in the class knew what had happened," Brandon said. "I did it quietly so as to not draw attention to myself or the student. Unless he told someone, I don’t think anyone knew about it until I posted the video. I almost deleted the video as soon as I posted it because I didn’t want people to think I was trying to use a student's loss for views or likes. However, I’m so thankful that people have received the message and meaning behind the video."

    Brandon added, "I don’t think of myself as an amazing teacher or one that stands out among the rest. I teach with amazing people and I often times look to them for help. I didn’t really take time to think about it, I just saw the opportunity to help a hurting student and I went for it."

    Brandon Holeman / TikTok

    Brandon said that he wants his students to remember him for the types of things he remembers the teachers he had growing up. "Teachers are professionals and we have to teach our content, and do it well. However, when an opportunity presents itself to make a difference in a student's life, we have to take it. We may never know what the little things really mean to a student in the span of their life," he said. "Teaching is my job and profession, but investing in students is my calling."

    You can follow Brandon on TikTok here.

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