About five years ago, Mrs. Schwartz asked her Doull Elementary class to fill in the blank: “I wish my teacher knew ______.”
One read: “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.”
Another read: “I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot.”
“When students feel like they have a voice, that they’re heard, they’re really more open,” she told KUSA last year. “They’re more able to take risks in school.”
Her students’ answers shocked her. She shared some notes on Twitter.
Others talked about having no friends, being bullied and lacking school supplies at home. The exercise taught the teacher something.