Educational Technology

April 25, 2015

U.S. teacher sparks online movement with #IWishMyTeacherKnew class exercise

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Larissa Cahute, the Province

An elementary school teacher in Colorado has sparked an online movement encouraging teachers across the world to better understand and support their students. Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher in Denver, started a lesson plan called “I Wish My Teacher Knew,” in which she asks her students to write out something that they wish their teacher knew about them. According to ABC News, Shwartz first started this exercise in an attempt to build trust between her and her students, many of whom come from underprivileged homes. “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.”

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