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One day, third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to fill in the blank in this sentence: “I wish my teacher knew _______ .” The responses astounded her.

Some answers were humorous; others were heartbreaking. All were profoundly moving and enlightening. The results opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the unique realities their students face in order to create an open, safe, and supportive classroom environment.

When Kyle shared her experience online, teachers around the globe began sharing their own contributions to #IWishMyTeacherKnew.

Kyle’s book tells the story of the #IWishMyTeacherKnew movement, with dozens of students’ handwritten emotional and insightful responses throughout.

i wish my teacher knew i wish my teacher knew2 i wish my teacher knew3 i wish my teacher knew4 i wish my teacher knew5 i wish my teacher knew6 i wish my teacher knew7

Definitely something all teachers could learn from.

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  • It appears the teacher got some heartbreaking letters. I wonder if there is a way teachers can go about helping these children.

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  • What a wonderful thing for the teacher to do – she certainly will know how to help these children

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  • Aw, so much those kids carry on their hearts where hardly anybody knows about !!

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  • that is sad. Really. Poor kids. I wish they were all saying “kid” stuff and being happy or dreaming but some of those replies show you that some kids and their families are doing so tough

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  • I am a teacher, and if you asked your students this simple question, well, then you would truly understand why children feel and act the way they do? How insightful!

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  • So many distressing and sincere answers there.

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  • The letters are very moving and express the truth of children.

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  • Some of these are heartbreaking. You never know what some children are going through at home.

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  • I wish these children could just be children and not face such harsh realities at such a young age.

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  • Children and their amazing minds.
    One just never knows what children have to endure at home.

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  • After reading these it really shows the impact of parents and the emotional strain that children carry to do with adult issues ie health/money

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