Denver teacher shares eye-opening notes from students, social media movement starts

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DENVER -- A third grade teacher’s effort to get her students to open up and express themselves more has gone viral.

Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher at Denver’s Doull Elementary school asked her students to finish the following statement: I Wish My Teacher Knew...

The responses the 28-year-old educator received were sentimental and heartbreaking. “You know my students have a voice and I want to hear what they want me to know,” Schwartz said.

One student wrote, “I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot.” Another student wrote how she had no friends.

“It was actually surprising because I thought every single person in my class had friends. And I was like 'whoa.' Someone in my class doesn’t have friends?” said McKylah Lenkiewicz, an 8-year-old.

Lenkiewicz wrote about the lack of sleep she receives each night due to her one-year-old sister who shares a room with her.

In the case of the student who said she didn’t have any friends, when her class found out – students rallied around her.

“I stuck up for her and played with her,” Lenkiewicz said.

On Twitter, the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew is popping up in classrooms all across the world, inspiring teachers to do similar projects.

The goal, explained Schwartz, is for kids to be more vocal and opinionated and to share their stories with the rest of the world. And to hopefully bring about change.

“I’m so glad we’re giving kids a voice because they need it,” Schwartz said.

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