An assignment that changed students’ lives.
'It's very hard to remain a student in life.' - Carol Kane
Indeed, student life is the golden period of life. But it is equally true that students need to live in a constant state of anxiety and terror. They don't get a chance to express themselves to their teachers due to which many things are left unsaid and unheard.
A young teacher in Denver named Kyle Schwartz came forward to provide a unique platform to her students. She provided her third-grade students with a brightly colored index card and asked them a simple question. The question was "I wish my teacher knew that…"
Read on to know the tear-jerking responses Kyle received from her students.
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"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 pencils at home to do my homework."
"I wish my teacher knew I don't have a friend to play with me."
"I wish my teacher knew that my brother is breathing too hard and loud that I cannot sleep."
"I wish my teacher sometimes knew 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 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 want my teacher to know it feels like the class picks on me. I hate that!"
"I wish my teacher knew that my grandma had cancer, and her doctor had to cut cancer out. She got stitches in her arms."
"I want my teacher to know that I like to draw."
"I wish my teacher knew she is like a mother to me. I don't get to see my birth mom a lot."
"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 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!"
Kyle explained, "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. And the children have greatly enjoyed sharing things about themselves: Though they were given the option to answer anonymously, most were happy to include their name. Even when what my students are sharing is sensitive in nature; most students want their classmates to know."
Kyle has collected all these responses of her students and published her first book entitled as "I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids."
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