Teacher's Simple Question Reveals Impoverished Kids' Hidden Struggle

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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.”

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“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. 

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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.

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She hopes the tweets will encourage fellow teachers to try the same lesson with their own students.

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Tweets and photos of notes from other schools are already flooding in from around the world.

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 “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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What do you think to Kyle’s approach? Tell us your thoughts in the comments. 

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