Third grade teacher Kyle Schwartz wanted to better understand her students' lives, so she asked them directly. In her Doull Elementary class in Denver, CO, she had students write down what they wish Schwartz knew, and they openly shared pieces of their home and school life.
"As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students' lives and how to best support them," Schwartz told ABC News, explaining that many of her students come from underprivileged homes.
— Kyle Schwartz (@kylemschwartz) March 28, 2015
Schwartz shared her students' notes on Twitter, using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew. Soon, teachers and students around the country began sharing their own thoughts on what they wish teachers knew.
Here are notes from Schwartz's classroom:
Notes from other classrooms and teachers:
— Cassie Norsworthy (@mrsnorsworthy) April 2, 2015
— Jay Nickerson (@doodlinmunkyboy) April 7, 2015
— Monica Rachelle (@Rachelle77) April 17, 2015
If we are truly surprised by the #IWishMyTeacherKnew comments then maybe we are not in touch with our students as much as we should be.
— Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher) April 17, 2015
— Caroline (@Caralaralara) April 16, 2015
— Ms Trevor Moon (@teacher22973) April 7, 2015
Check out Schwartz's campaign on DonorsChoose to give to the classroom. In particular, Schwartz is looking for donations to purchase books for children on disabilities, fables and folklore, and strong female characters.