20 April 2015 – Months in between March to May are summer vacation here in Manila, technically there’s no teacher around to follow up what teacher Kyle had started. At home we are our child’s all-around teacher, so to make progress I gave my child a piece of paper to write down her idea behind “I Wish My Teacher Knew…” I had to pause the movie she was watching, she asked questions like “Is it about my personality? All about me?” What are your thoughts you wish your teacher knew (since she doesn’t know anything about you). It could be a happy or sad state; you choose and construct well what to answer. Think of it when you enter third grade this coming June. I bet she will bring the same activity to your class.
I left her for five minutes with this note (made me so pressured! hahaha):
If public school teachers here in the Philippines will adopt this lesson it could trigger a rather serious and more heartbreaking response from students.
Lesson Plan of Teacher Kyle “I Wish My Teacher Knew” Spark Conversation
A third grade teacher from Denver Colorado’s Doull Elementary started an activity for her students called ” I wish my teacher knew.” Teacher Kyle Schwartz brought a different perspectives into the realities of her students, it’s a way of getting to know the kids who were mostly came underprivileged homes. “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” tells Schwartz.
I Wish My Teacher Knew Demographics:
90% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch
70% pf children in Denver live in poverty
Most students are Hispanic
“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.
“Some notes are heartbreaking like the first #iwishmyteacherknew tweet which read, ‘I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.’ I care deeply about each and every one of my students and I don’t want any of them to have to suffer the consequences of living in poverty, which is my main motivation for teaching.”
Blown away by her class’ honesty, Schwartz shared some of the notes on Twitter using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew, encouraging fellow teachers to employ the same lesson with their own students.
“Building community in my classroom is a major goal of this lesson. After one student shared that she had no one to play with at recess, the rest of the class chimed in and said, ‘we got your back.’ The next day during recess, I noticed she was playing with a group of girls. Not only can I support my students, but my students can support each other.”
Teacher Kyle hopes her lesson can help her connect students and their families with the proper resources they need to live comfortably.
Ref: Interview from CNN and ABC News
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