Teacher shares heartbreaking notes from third graders, sparks social media movement

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DENVER — A third-grade teacher in Denver has sparked a social media movement after her classroom assignment “I Wish My Teacher Knew” went viral.

As a part of the trust-building classroom assignment, Kyle Schwartz asked her students to write down something they thought she should know.

“As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students’ lives and how to best support them. I just felt like there was something I didn’t know about my students,” Kyle Schwartz told ABC News.

Schwartz shared some of the most powerful responses on Twitter using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew. Soon she was getting responses from teachers all over the world.

Schwartz admits some of the notes are heartbreaking, but she wanted to share the experience with other teachers.

“I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly collaborative and freely share and explore resources,” Schwartz told ABC News.

Here are some of the responses from other teachers who gave their students the same assignment:


  • ....

    Children have feelings and worries just like adults do and it can affect them more then adults give them credit. We could advocate so much for children if we’d ust shut up and listen sometimes.

  • Annie Mezsick

    Childhood isn’t all carefree fun. There is a lot of sadness and stress going on with many of today’s kids. We need to take the time to listen and most importantly believe what kids say. You could be saving a young life or an entire family.

    • Opinion8d

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s like watching the ‘news’…..they determine the agenda. And if a kid wrote – ‘I want my teacher to know that it makes me uncomfortable to see two guys holding hands’ -it wouldn’t make the list or worse yet, it would cause an uproar and CPS would pull the kid from such a bigoted home and there would be talk about reprogramming the kids to be more kind.

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