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Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Notes From Third Graders — Sparks Viral Movement

Fri, April 17, 2015 2:36pm EDT by Add first Comment
Teacher Notes From Third Grade Students
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It all began with a single hashtag. Now, one teacher’s lesson plan has gone viral! Third-grade teacher, Kyle Schwartz, has sparked a social media movement because of her classroom assignment ‘I Wish My Teacher Knew’.

Kyle Schwartz is a third grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver Colo., and has seen a lot in her three years of teaching. She recently created a lesson plan about trust-building and the assignment asked students to write down something they thought she should know. The responses are heartbreaking.

Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Assignment From Third Graders — See Notes

Kyle loves teaching and anyone that knows her sees that she works really hard to educate her students. But recently she had been having a tough time trying to understand her students tough lives.

“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 told ABC News

So, she came up with an assignment that asked her students to write down something they thought she should know. She gave them the option of leaving out their name, which allowed the kids to feel more secure about opening up.

The responses truly broke her heart, but she decided to share them on her Twitter in the hopes that other teachers would employ the same lesson with their own students.

“Building community in my classroom is a major goal of this lesson,” Kyle 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.”

Kyle’s Message Has Reached Teachers All Over The World

After Kyle’s message went viral, tweets and photos of notes from other schools came pouring in from around the world.

“I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly collaborative and freely share and explore resources,” Kyle told the outlet. “In the end, all teachers want to support their students, and #iwishmyteacherknew is a simple and powerful way to do that.”

What a great and powerful assignment!

HollywoodLifers — what do you think about the children’s letters? Share your thoughts below!

— Brittany King