TikTok takes Charlotte trainer’s classroom worldwide
With over a million followers and even more views, CMS science teacher Nancy Bullard reaches students all over the world.
Why it matters: Each school year teachers go way beyond that, but this year they have to work even harder to get students’ attention in distance learning.
Bullard or “Mrs. B, ”as her students call her, joined TikTok in hopes of reaching their Huntingtowne Farms elementary school students, especially those who weren’t taking their virtual science classes.
- “My students spent hours on YouTube and TikTok every day, but then a lot of those students didn’t come to my class,” says Bullard. “And so I figured if they didn’t come to me, I would go to them.”
She says she never expected her account, Mrs. B TV, to reach students outside of Charlotte. But it did. Bullard says she received messages from children, parents and teachers who watched her videos in London, Melbourne and Mumbai.
@ mrs.b.tv🔮🕯✨Magic Candles! ✨🕯🔮 ## learnontiktok ## scienceclass ## needtoknow ## scienceismagic ## whatilearned ♬ FEEL THE NUT – Queens Road, Fabian Graetz
Your videos Subject area, but it’s all about science projects that can be done at home. From an egg in salt water to “magic candles” that fill a cup with water.
Bullard said it was important that her students can try experiments at home in order to stay engaged.
- “I tried very specifically to develop experiments that students and their families can carry out with objects from their surroundings. That way I can try to make science as fair as possible, ”she says.
- Bullard, with the help of her school’s PTA, put together science kits for 5th grade students to make sure everyone was cared for for their class.
ButDespite TikTok’s success, Bullard says she still struggles to keep students busy during class. She hopes other teachers won’t see it as a way to solve classroom problems when they go viral.
What’s next: Bullard is a science lab teacher, which means she teaches science to every student in the school, much like an art or music teacher. Since it doesn’t just interact with a group of students, it remains virtual even when face-to-face learning begins again.
Regardless, she says her TikTok is there for the long term. It’s a second source of income through the TikTok Creator Fund and a way to reach more students.
“MS. B TV is not going anywhere” Bullard tells me.
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