I Wish My Students Knew...
From the Heart of a Teacher
Students harbor a host of feelings and stories they often would like to share with their teachers, to be better known and understood.
Recently there has been a story that has received a lot of press, about an elementary teacher who asked her students to respond anonymously to the prompt #Iwishmyteacherknew. She received some heart-rending responses.
Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher in Denver, said, “Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch. 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.”
She allowed students to write anonymously but found that most wanted to include their name and even share it with the class. She said:
“Some notes are heartbreaking like the first #iwishmyteacherknew tweet which read, ‘I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.’ I care deeply about each and every one of my students and I don’t want any of them to have to suffer the consequences of living in poverty, which is my main motivation for teaching.”