What I Wish My Teacher Knew

A teacher reveals some of the challenges for her 3rd graders.  Kyle Schwartz, a 3rd grade teacher at Denver Public Schools, where 70% of the kids live in poverty, wanted to find a way to better understand her students. 

Child poverty affects kids in real ways,
and we need to understand those ways, said Kyle.

In an effort to understand them better and find out more about their lives, Kyle assigned them to write a response to “What I wish my teacher knew."  Here are some of their heart-wrenching and moving responses:

“…sometimes my reading log is not signed because my Mom is not around a lot.

“…my parents.

“…Vietnamese, because then she can say words that I forget and songs.

“…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. 

“…I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.

“…I don’t have a friend to play with me.

“…she gives too much homework with Math!

“…I love school.

“…I want to go to college.

“…even though sometimes I do not get good grades that I try.  Also that I get stressed but when I come to your class I feel better.

“…I don’t get much sleep at night because of my baby sister.

Teachers and others across the nation have given their students a voice through the same lesson.  Who else could learn from such an experience?  ”What I wish my foster parent knew….or my social worker knew….or the policeman knew….or my doctor knew….”

Denver 9News, KUSA, reporter Kelly Sommariva, April 16, 2015