Teacher's Simple Question Reveals Impoverished Kids' Hidden Struggle
Some kids have a lot to deal with. In a forward thinking attempt to build trust and community in the classroom, third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz thought up a lesson plan called “I Wish My Teacher Knew.”
“Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Kyle told ABC News. “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.”
Every now and again she asks her young students to jot down a thought for their teacher, sharing something they want her to know about their lives.
Moved by her class’ incredible honesty, as well as the heart-breaking struggles of these 8 and 9 year olds, Kyle started sharing some of the notes on Twitter using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew.
She hopes the tweets will encourage fellow teachers to try the same lesson with their own students.
Tweets and photos of notes from other schools are already flooding in from around the world.
“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,” Kyle said.
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