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I Wish My Teacher Knew

How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids

By Kyle Schwartz

One day, third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to fill–in–the–blank in this sentence: “I wish my teacher knew _____.” The results astounded her. Some answers were humorous, others were heartbreaking–all were profoundly moving and enlightening. The results opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the unique realities their students face in order to create an open, safe and supportive place in the classroom. When Schwartz shared her experience online, #IWishMyTeacherKnew became an immediate worldwide viral phenomenon. Schwartz's book tells the story of #IWishMyTeacherKnew, including many students' emotional and insightful responses, and ultimately provides an invaluable guide for teachers, parents, and communities.

 Kyle Schwartz is a third-grade teacher. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Praise for I Wish My Teacher Knew:

Library Journal, 6/1/16, starred review
“Sharing the profound events that shaped her pupils' lives, both online and now in this book, allowed the author to show how easy it is to bring teachers and students together to build a stronger classroom community…A real passion for the kinds of teaching that better the lives of students is evident in Schwartz's every word, and her compassion and caring is contagious.”

BookPage, August 2016
“Provide[s] suggestions for transforming any classroom or school into a greater community. After reading Schwartz's book, teachers will be inspired to join the #IWishMyTeacherKnew movement and get to know their students better.”

InfoDad blog, 8/4/16
“There is wisdom as well as pain in the fill-in-the-blank responses that Schwartz shares with readers.”

“The Bookworm Sez” syndicated column, 8/2/16
“If you're a teacher…this book could change your career. Look for it.”

Philadelphia Tribune, 8/6/16
“Enlightening…An invaluable guide for teachers, parents and communities.”

New York Times, 8/31/16
“Details how essential it is for teachers and families to be partners.”


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