He Saw A Student Sleeping In Class — And Decided Not To Wake Her Up

"Trust your instincts."

A teacher plays an important role in students' lives, and Monte Syrie, a high school English teacher, showed exactly how a little grace can go a long way. 

In a Twitter thread, Syrie detailed a situation in which one of his students, Meg, dozed off in his classroom. Instead of waking her up and taking disciplinary action, Syrie says he took a different approach. 

"Meg fell asleep in class yesterday. I let her. I didn't take it personally. She has zero-hour math, farm-girl chores, state-qualifying 4X400 fatigue, adolescent angst, and various other things to deal with. My class is only a part of her life, not her life," Syrie wrote in a tweet. 

Syrie said there is not a one-size fits all teaching strategy, and spoke the a larger issue of the pressure society puts on adolescents. According to The Miami Herald, students reported feeling more stressed out than adults.

He also encouraged teachers to "trust their instincts."

Syrie said as a teacher, he doesn't have control over Meg's entire life, but he can control what goes on in his classroom. 

"In my room there are lots of things I CAN do. I can give her a break. She was not being rude or disrespectful yesterday when she nodded off. She was tired. So I gave her a break. I can do that," he said on Twitter. 

His empathetic approach won him praise on Twitter.

Cover image via wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock.

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