Teacher shares heartbreaking notes from third graders, sparks social media movement

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(Photo: Kyle Schwartz / @kylemschwartz)

(Photo: Kyle Schwartz / @kylemschwartz)

DENVER (Tribune Media Wire) — A third-grade teacher in Denver has sparked a social media movement asking her class to finish the sentence: “I Wish My Teacher My Knew…”

As a part of the trust-building classroom assignment, Kyle Schwartz asked her students to write down what they thought she should know.

“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 Schwartz told ABC News.

Schwartz shared some of the most powerful responses on Twitter using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew. Soon she was getting responses from teachers all over the world.

Schwartz admits some of the notes are heartbreaking, but she wanted to share the experience with other teachers.

“I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly collaborative and freely share and explore resources,” Schwartz told ABC News.

Other teachers joined in and gave their students the same assignment, sharing the kids’ responses and photos of their hand-written notes online: