Teacher shared her clever 'I need' box on social media, and her idea quickly went viral

Rebelander Basilan
Jan 10, 2019
08:40 P.M.
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Julia Brown from Texas took to Facebook to share her "I need" box, which rapidly became famous online. 


Brown has been teaching middle school for over 15 years. As a teacher, she urges the children to become more confident and happy individuals. She also believes that their story deserves to be shared.


"It was my desire to make sure my students knew I was there for them no matter what they needed, large or small."


However, it's difficult to motivate the students to open up early on in the school year. Brown then thought of a clever trick to inspire them to openly express how they feel.

She created a box where students who are not comfortable voicing their concerns aloud can write their sentiments. 


In an interview with CafeMom, Brown opened up about the origin of the "I Need" box.

"We did a campus wide survey of the students," she explained. "One of the questions asked the student to name an adult on campus they felt they could go to with anything. About 10 percent of our student population answered 'no one.'"

She added: "A couple of the students who answered no one were my students. That about broke my heart and weighed heavily on my mind all summer. The 'I Need' box was born from that. It was my desire to make sure my students knew I was there for them no matter what they needed, large or small."



In August 2018, Brown took to Facebook to share what she expects to get out of her "I Need" box.

The middle school teacher posted an update of the success of her idea in late September.

According to her, two young men told her about a bullying situation that she was able to get taken care of in the first week.


Brown, who noticed that a difference is being made, required each student to put a card in the box consistently. 

"What’s even better is students are starting to come to me directly with issues/challenges they are having bypassing the box completely," she wrote.


"I’ve been teaching middle school for 15 years, and I can honestly say this is the best thing I’ve ever done to reach my kids this early in the school year."

Brown's updated post has amassed over 100,000 shares and over 100,000 reactions. A lot of netizens also added their thoughts via comments.



Anna Trupiano, who teaches first grade at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School in Washington DC, shared about how she explained fart to deaf students after one of them loudly passed gas in class.

In her Facebook post, Trupiano wrote out her hilarious but educational exchange with her deaf students after she told them that their hearing classmates could hear some of their farts.

Her deaf students couldn’t hide their shock and embarrassment upon learning that others can hear their farts.

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