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Teacher shares heartbreaking notes from third graders, sparks social media movement

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Credit: Kyle Schwartz / @kylemschwartz

DENVER — A third-grade teacher in Denver has sparked a social media movement after her classroom assignment “I Wish My Teacher Knew” went viral.

As a part of the trust-building classroom assignment, Kyle Schwartz asked her students to write down something they thought she should know.

“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,” Kyle Schwartz told ABC News.

Schwartz shared some of the most powerful responses on Twitter using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew. Soon she was getting responses from teachers all over the world.

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Schwartz admits some of the notes are heartbreaking, but she wanted to share the experience with other teachers.

"I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly collaborative and freely share and explore resources," Schwartz told ABC News.

Here are some of the responses from other teachers who gave their students the same assignment:

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  • JW Appling

    As a part of the trust-building classroom assignment, Kyle Schwartz asked her students to write down something they thought she should know. Publishing them will really help with those trust issues

  • The Decider

    These notes gave me the shivers. How sad. Its just a tragedy that any kid should go without or have to hurt, be bullied, be sad, worry. I hope these children don’t feel betrayed that she shared these, if they even know.

  • Siguna Palmgren

    How in the world is that considered trust-building? If I asked you to trust me and tell me some secrets about your personal life, and then as soon as you were naive enough to tell me those secrets, I turned around and posted those secrets on the WWW, would you ever trust me or anyone else again? I hope you reap some serious consequences for the horrible thing you have done.

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