Kyle Schwartz: Colorado Teacher Shares Inspiring, Hilarious, Heartbreaking Notes Third Graders Have Left Her

Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher from Denver, Colorado, has taken the internet by storm over the last few weeks with her “I Wish My Teacher Knew” lesson plan, which has seen her share notes that third graders have provided her.

Schwartz, who teaches at Doull Elementary in Denver’s Harvey Park, orchestrated this lesson in order to try and learn more about her students. She found herself so overwhelmed with her responses that she has since shared them on her Twitter account.

Some notes were unintentionally hilarious, others were a reality check for Schwartz, and some even proved to be quite inspiring.

Kyle Schwartz has now been speaking to ABC News about the impact that these notes have had on her relationship with her students, most of which she insists are from underprivileged homes, and she also explained that she conducted the experiment because she’d only just arrived at the school.

“Ninety-two percents of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch. 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.”

Schwartz’s “I Wish My Teacher Knew” lesson plan was extremely open, and even though she let students determine if they wanted to “answer anonymously,” most of them included their name. In fact, Schwartz remarked that they “also enjoy sharing with class.”

These notes and Schwartz’s lesson plan have already started to have a positive impact on the children. “Building community in my classroom is a major goal of this lesson,” she explained. “After one student shared that she had no one to play with at recess, the rest of the class chimed in and said, ‘we got your back.’ The next day during recess, I noticed she was playing with a group of girls.”

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