Young Teacher’s Unique Assignment Reveals Heartbreaking Truth About Her Kids’ Lives

We all have secrets. There are things we don’t ever want other people to know about us. Being a little child isn’t easy these days. Children struggle trying to fit in. No one wants to be unpopular, and bullying is commonplace. As adults, we have our past and our experiences to guide us. Young children don’t have as much experience in life.

They struggle with their emotions and often don’t have the capacity to explain what they feel. Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade in Denver, Colorado. She gave her students a chance to share their innermost thoughts and feelings with a creative project. Some of the response Kyle got from her students will break your heart. Kyle gave her students a brightly-colored index card and asked them to finish a statement.

It was an anonymous project, but many students put their name on their cards. The statement each of Kyle’s student finished was “I Wish My Teacher Knew.” Kyle said she felt like there were things about her students she didn’t know. She struggled with trying to understand what the lives of her student were like; she wanted to support them.

Scroll down to see what some of the students wrote.

“I wish my teacher knew that I’m very proud of her because she never gives up on us and keeps being a great teacher, and I appreciate that. Thank you.”

“I wish my teacher knew that even though sometimes I do not get good grades that I try. Also that I get stressed but when I come to your class I feel better.”

 “I wish my teacher knew she is like a mother to me. I don’t get to see my breth mom a lot.”

“I want my teacher to know that I like to draw.”

“I wish my teacher knew that my grandma had cansewre and her docter had to cut the cansewre out. She got stichis in her arme.”

“I want my teacher to know it feels like the class picks on me. I hate that.”

“I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was 3 years old and I haven’t seen him in 6 years…”

“I wish my teacher knew I don’t have a friend to play with me.”

“I wish my teacher knew that my brother is sleeping so hard that he is breathing to hard and loud that I can not sleep.”

“I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot.”

“I wish Mrs. King knew that I worry because my mom is getting sick a lot and was in the hospital last night.”

“I wish my teacher knew that my dad works two jobs and I don’t see him much.”

“I wish my teacher knew that my family and I live in a shelter.”

“I wish my teacher knew that we are low on money and have to go to a food bank to get food.”

“I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencals at home to do my homework.”

 Teachers around the world are using Kyle’s idea in their classrooms. The responses have been about the same – proving that our children need someone to listen. Take a look at this video.

Kyle published a book that is a collection of the response she got from her students. The book is called “I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids.” Share away, people.

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