He’s teaching kids the wild things.
Garett Talcott, a kindergarten teacher in Washington, has social media feeling as fuzzy as wuzzy the bear thanks to a viral TikTok video of him taking students on a virtual field trip to the zoo.
“We learn something new everyday friends,” Talcott, 31, tells his class of 28 remote learners through a laptop during a lesson on penguins at the Woodland Park Zoo near Seattle.
In the heartwarming clip, which has garnered over 800,000 views on TikTok, Talcott walks around the wildlife park, teaching his at-home pups about the natural habitats of exotic animals from around the world.
“This is a great trip,” one excited student barks in a second clip as Talcott digitally escorts the children from the tapir exhibit to the rhino’s nest to the orangutan’s lair.
Naturally, online onlookers are going batty over Talcott’s wildly creative approach at educating little ones from a distance — a hurdle many teachers and parents have struggled to clear since the onset of the pandemic last March.
“Teachers don’t get paid enough! This is so sweet and the kiddos must have been so excited,” one TikTok-talker wrote beneath the post.
“I fully respect and appreciate how you went above and beyond but I’m sad the kids can’t fully experience it and just watch from behind a screen,” another commentator typed.
To that, Talcott wrote under his video: “The students really loved it – it was a surprise and a shared interactive experience. In person is ideal, but they loved it.”
Days prior to treating his classroom cubs to a WiFi walk on the wild side, Talcott took the kiddies for a virtual roller coaster ride complete with crazy tilts, twists and turns.
In a touching public service announcement to all kids still remote learning in the wake of COVID, Talcott encouragingly reminded the students: “You matter.”
“Your teachers care about you… You are the future.”
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