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Teacher Shares Candid Student Confessions That Will Have You Reaching For The Kleenex

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We tend to think of childhood as easy and breezy, but kids deal with their own stresses and struggles that we know nothing about. One Colorado teacher learned this recently after she gave her students an assignment that turned her classroom into a heartbreaking and inspiring confessional.

According to WLS-TV, Denver teacher Kyle Schwartz was interested in getting to know her third graders — many of whom come from underprivileged homes — so she devised an assignment wherein they submit notes to her finishing the sentence, ‘I wish my teacher knew…’

“Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Schwartz told 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.”

Schwartz has been tweeting some of the responses she’s gotten using the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew, and they range from hilarious and refreshingly honest to downright sad.

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