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Kyle Schwartz is a teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver.Even though in her three years working at a primary school she’s taught kids that are an absolute pleasure, most of them come from underprivileged homes.
“Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Schwartz tells ABC News. “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.”
One day during class, Schwartz asked her third-graders to share something they’d want her to know about them. This assignement was part of a lesson the teacher planned titled, “I Wish My Teacher Knew,” and aimed to build a better relationship based on trust, between her and her students.
“I let students determine if they would like to answer anonymously,” she says. “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.”