She Asked Her 3rd-Graders to Share Anonymously, But She Had NO Idea the Notes They’d Write

By Megan Berman


It all began as a way for 3rd-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz to get to know her students a little better…

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.


Schwartz works at Denver’s Doull Elementary, where many students come from underprivileged backgrounds with 92% qualifying for a free or reduced lunch.

A few weeks ago, she developed a class project called “I Wish My Teacher Knew,” inviting her students to finish the sentence with an anonymous confession…and the results were astonishing.