Students' Notes To Teacher Are Astonishing And Touching
Tahlea Jankoski 3/17/2016
Colorado third grade teacher Kyle Schwartz started a movement across the U.S. encouraging all teachers to connect with their students in a unique way. The results are heartwarming and heartbreaking.
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Kyle encouraged her students to submit handwritten anonymous notes to her, sharing something personal that they really wanted her to know, but were afraid to tell her.
I Wish My Teacher Knew
Her project, which she shared on social media, has spread like wildfire across the country, with other teachers joining in on the
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A Teacher Learns From Her Students
In Kyle's classroom, 92 percent of her students qualify for free and reduced lunch. She admitted that she couldn't fully grasp the harsh realities her students faced, like no pencils at home to do homework.
Twitter/KyleSchwartz The Notes Bring Out The Best In Students
Kyle discovered that her students were so thrilled to let her in on their feelings, their secrets, and their troubles, that they included their names. Some even shared with the class. One student read her note and at the next recess, she was surrounded by friends.
Twitter/KyleSchwartz Speaking Out And Helping Others
This teacher's efforts have led her to speaking engagements at educational conferences, sharing her project and the astounding results in her own classroom with fellow teachers.
Screenshot Via YouTube Friends Respond
Kyle says her goal of this particular lesson was to build a community. Once students learn of another's trouble, they rally around that student.
Screenshot Via YouTube Sleepy Student
Other students' notes have given her insight into how they function at school by learning more about what is going on at home.
Twitter/KyleSchwartz Mom Is Gone
She discovers their worries and family situations that may influence their education.
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She discovers their passions to better understand their goals for the future.
The life lesson even garnered national media attention.
VIDEO Making A Difference
Most importantly, Kyle said she is able to help as many students as she can in and out of the classroom, thanks to her amazing project #Iwantmyteachertoknow.