Denver Teacher #IWishMyTeacherKnew Campaign Breaks Hearts

Denver Teacher #IWishMyTeacherKnew Campaign Breaks Hearts
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The #IWishMyTeacherKnew campaign pioneered by Doull Elementary teacher Kyle Schwartz is continuing to wrench the hearts of people in a positive way. Her campaign for the lives of her young students is getting nationwide attention.


#IWishMyTeacherKnew gives the students their voice

Schwartz said the campaign started as a simple homework for her students in 3rd grade. Her aim first and foremost is to establish a two-way communication with her students.

With her students being primarily Hispanic, with about 90 percent of them under a free or reduced lunch program, the result of the homework was heart-breaking. One of her students shared that she does not have pencils at home so she is not being able to submit assignments. Another student said her reading log is not always signed because her mom is not around. Another wrote he misses her dad so much because he was deported back to Mexico.

See Schwartz’ tweets below.

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“They just let me have it. They told me exactly what they thought I should know. When students feel like they have a voice, that they’re heard, they’re really more open. They’re more able to take risks in school,” Schwartz was quoted as saying by KYTX.

Schwartz cannot specifically pinpoint her motivation for giving the assignment. However, as the simple homework developed into a life-changing campaign that is touching people across the nation, she wanted further to continue the #IWishMyTeacherKnew campaign.

“I think it comes from how teachers have conversations all the time about how we can best serve our students. We have 70 percent of kids in Denver live in poverty, and I don’t think that every Denverite knows that. And I think it’s so important that we know that because it’s unacceptable,” she said.

“Once people realize the realities of it. That I don’t have pencils at home. That sometimes they don’t feel secure at home. That this child poverty is affecting these kids in real ways. Once they realize it, then we can steps towards changing it.”

See Schwartz interview with CNN.