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Twitter Turns Teachers To Mindreaders

by Donna De La Cruz

The New York Times

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What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew

The lesson spurred Ms. Schwartz, now entering her fifth teaching year, to really understand what her students were facing outside the classroom to help them succeed at school. When she shared the lesson last year with others, it became a sensation, with the Twitter hashtag #iwishmyteacherknew going viral.

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Teachers don’t know what’s in the minds of their students—unless they ask them, as this teacher did. She started a movement. What insights could you gain through #iwishmyteacherknew?

Kyle Schwartz, a third-grade teacher, is the face behind the hashtag #iwishmyteacherknew. This simple concept has attracted the attention of educators and education activists—including Melinda Gates—around the country. It’s an easy, yet powerful, way to glean important insights into the unique, and sometimes tragic, challenges that students in all levels of education face. At its core, learning is ultimately a personal experience.