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Colorado Teacher Shares Notes From Kids on Things 'I Wish My Teacher Knew'

By    |   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 05:19 PM

A Colorado teacher shared notes from her third-grade students at Doull Elementary School in Denver, Colorado, about what they wish their teacher knew, and the the results of the notes are heartbreaking.

Kyle Schwartz thought of the project, called “I Wish My Teacher Knew,” as a way to build trust with her students, many of whom are underprivileged.

"Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch," Schwartz told ABC News. "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."

The students were asked to write something they’d like her to know about them, and Schwartz shared some of the results on Twitter with the hashtag #iwishmyteacherknew.







Reactions to the project also have been touching.

"Building community in my classroom is a major goal of this lesson,” Schwartz told ABC News. “After one student shared that she had no one to play with at recess, the rest of the class chimed in and said, 'we got your back.' The next day during recess, I noticed she was playing with a group of girls. Not only can I support my students, but my students can support each other."

The project took on a life of its own, with teachers throughout the world using the hashtag to post similar tweets.

The effort also has drawn attention to Schwartz’s DonorsChoose.org page, where people can pledge support for classroom projects.

Twitter users commented about the story.







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