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‘I Wish My Teacher Knew’ Assignment Reveals Third-Grade Students’ Heartbreaking Secrets

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"I don't have a friend to play with me."

Colorado third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz wanted to get to know her students better. So, she drummed up an assignment that had them answer the prompt, "I wish my teacher knew...".

What Schwartz received was a such a display of honesty, some of it comical — and some of it heartbreaking.

"I let students determine if they would like to answer anonymously," the teacher at Denver's Doull Elementary told ABC News this week. "I have found that most students are not only willing to include their name, but also enjoy sharing with the class. Even when what my students are sharing is sensitive in nature, most students want their classmates to know."

Here's a look at some of the assignments Schwartz posted on Twitter:

The project has drawn so much attention that other educators have glommed onto the #iwishmyteacherknew project on Twitter as well.

"I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly collaborative and freely share and explore resources," Schwartz told ABC. "In the end, all teachers want to support their students, and #iwishmyteacherknew is a simple and powerful way to do that.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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