I Wish My Teacher Knew …

By Tonka Dobreva 05.04.2015 interact

Today on the show you learned about third-grade Denver teacher Kyle Schwartz, who gave her students an unusual writing assignment.

“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,” said Schwartz in an interview for the Washington Post.

So Schwartz decided that a good way to get to know her students by giving them to fill out the assignment “I wish my teacher knew …” .The responses were overwhelming. From “I wish my teacher knew it’s hard for me to stay asleep at night” to “I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was 3 years old and I haven’t seen him in 6 years.” The campaign has spread to social media and now other teachers around the country are encouraging their students to share. There are many things going on in students’ lives that go beyond the classroom, but that affect students’ lives at school.

We want to hear from you — what do you wish your teacher knew? Tell us in the comments section below.


  1. sports1035

    I wish my teachers knew how hard I work and that not everything comes easy to me. I am up until midnight or later, especially after late sports practices, every night working on homework.

  2. Julia

    I wish my teacher knew that giving a test almost everyday does not help

  3. Kendyl Larringdudd

    I wish my teachers knew that I was an alcoholic. I also wish they knew that I have a lot of problems with my parents.

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