She asked them to complete the sentence “I wish my teacher knew…” and the answers were as surprising as they were heartbreaking. One of her students didn’t have pencils to do their homework with. Another had nobody to play with. One had a mom who got sick a lot and another had a mom who wasn’t even around to sign their reading log.
Her findings were shared widely on the internet and the Twitter hashtag “#iwishmyteacherknew” went viral as other teachers followed suit and asked their students the same question before sharing the results with Kyle. Now Ms. Schwartz has published a book titled “I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids,” and you can find some examples of the notes that inspired her in the heartbreaking list below.