Teacher Kyle Schwartz decided to get to know her students on a more personal level when she began teaching at an elementary school in Denver, Colorado. In order to do this, she asked her students to complete the sentence ‘I wish my teacher knew….’
What started as an amazing yet small initiative, #IWishMyTeacherKnew has now gone viral on social media and has been turned into a book by the woman who started it all. Adults and teachers are offered insight into the reality of children trying to succeed in school while still managing what can sometimes be very turbulent home lives.
— Kyle Schwartz (@kylemschwartz) July 12, 2016
Some of the messages received by pupils are absolutely heartbreaking, while others are a beautiful attempt by children to get teachers to understand that they are individuals with their own needs and wants.
With her newly published book, I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids, Schwartz is hoping to show how imperative it is for parents and teachers to be on the same page and partner up when it comes to the children involved.
According to The New York Times, Schwartz wants parents to know how far teachers go to create a safe space for their children. ‘I really want families to know how intentional teachers are about creating a sense of community and creating relationships with kids,’ she says. ‘Kids don’t learn when they don’t feel safe or valued.’
To buy the book head to Iwishmyteacherknew.com