What kids wish their teachers knew | Kyle Schwartz | TEDxKyoto


Translator: Kanako Miyabayashi
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven One evening, after a long day
of teaching eight-year-olds at my Denver elementary school, I found a crumpled
orange piece of paper in my kitchen. And as I unfolded it, I noticed that it was a note
that a student had written to me. And as I read the shaky handwriting, I felt the same twinge of pain
as the first time I had read those words. The note said, “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home
to do my homework.” Now that student, she’d written those words to me in response to a lesson
I’d been doing in my classroom where I asked students a question
and I invited them to respond. But I’ve been doing this
for years in my classroom and never told anyone. But this time, when I saw those words,
I saw something worth sharing. And I took a picture of the note,
and I put it on my new Twitter account, and I hoped that other educators
would ask their students the same beautifully simple question: “What do you wish your teacher knew?” Now, right away, teachers saw the note,
and they asked their students, and then more teachers saw it,
and more people asked their students, and as it went viral, it transformed. It became much bigger than just
sharing a simple lesson in my classroom. My students’ voices were amplified, and they became powerful advocates
for their community. And in this way,
we swapped our traditional roles, and my students became the ones
with something to teach – that is, if we are willing to listen. You see, in the five years that I’ve done
this lesson with students, the students in my classroom
have come and gone, but I’ve noticed three distinct lessons
that they’ve taught me. And as we look at notes
from my students and other students, I hope you learn those same three lessons. The lesson of connection, the lesson of complexity, and the lesson of reflection. Now, first of all, students really wish we knew
just how deeply they crave connection. Like this note that says, “I wish my teacher knew I love my family.” You see, no matter where you are in the world, your family is always your first
and your most important teacher. And our schools can harness
the power of this by creating strong partnerships
between our families and our schools. And then there’s this note that says, “I wish my teacher knew
I want to learn more about history.” You see, we all have curiosities. Isn’t that why you are here today? We are more productive and fulfilled
when we follow them. That’s why I view it
as my role as a teacher to recognize and cultivate
my students’ passions, and connect what we’re doing in school
to what they actually care about. Well, this next note,
we can all too easily relate to. It says, “I wish my teacher knew
I don’t have a friend to play with me.” You see, those words, they touch
a special place in our hearts because we all know
what loneliness feels like. And the truth is, what we value most – more than wealth,
more than success – is connection. And if we agree on that, then shouldn’t the priorities of school include helping students
build and maintain relationships? Because a student that’s connected
is a student that can learn. Well, those notes, they share with us the universal joys
and growing pains of childhood, but there’s another lesson. You see, our students really wish
you knew just how complex their lives are. You see, there are students
who are struggling with things just as real and complicated
as we adults are. This note says, “I wish my teacher knew
that my dad died this year, and I feel more alone and disconnected
from my peers than ever before.” There’s this note that says, “I wish my teacher knew, my mom
might get diagnosed with cancer this week, and I’ve been without a home
three times this year alone.” Imagine. These kids sitting in our classroom, their heads are full with ideas much more complicated
than solving a math problem. And maybe, maybe
you’ve been that kid before. Maybe there’s been a moment in your life where your world
overshadowed the day’s lesson. Yes, we all have difficult times, but when children do, it affects their learning
and their development. And as much as we wish we could, we can’t prevent every tragedy
in a child’s life, but we can make our schools
soft places to land, places where kids feel safe
and cared about and valued. And that happens when our students,
they know that they can bring in their celebrations, their questions,
and their concerns. It happened in my class
in the middle of a reading lesson when a little girl raised her hand and as earnestly as she could,
she said, “Can cancer kill you? Because my grandma has cancer, and
I want to know if she is going to die.” See, when I heard those words,
I stopped everything, but that doesn’t mean I stopped teaching. I took the time to listen to her, and I answered her questions
as directly and as honestly as I could. And there was a powerful lesson that day when she realized her whole class
would be there for her no matter what. Because in a complex world, compassion
and empathy are powerful teachers. Well, there’s a third lesson, and that’s the lesson of reflection. You see, children have the remarkable ability
to reflect the truth about our society, and in doing so, they can make
our world a better place. There’s this note that says, “I wish my teacher knew
that my family and I live in a shelter.” And this one says, “I wish my teacher knew
how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico
when I was three years old, and I haven’t seen him in six years.” This note says, “I wish my teacher knew I’m not going
to college, because I cannot afford it.” You see, when social and political issues, like housing insecurity,
like broken immigration systems, and access to education, when those come in the form
of a statistic or a political-attack ad, most of us can remain
comfortably disconnected. But in seeing those words, suddenly, those complex issues,
they become painfully personal because we view them
through a child’s lived experience. Which means it’s our job to invite the voices of our most innocent
and our most vulnerable because they can really show us
how to improve our society. And if we’re listening to them, if we’re listening, our children can tell us exactly how they are impacted
by the decisions that we adults make. They can remind us that
when we fail to solve societal issues, it is our children who pay the price. And I know from my own classroom, the cost of those failures is often paid for
with a child’s education. You see, these notes, they demand that we acknowledge
and challenge the inequitable systems that threaten to overshadow
our students’ assets and talents. Because a community
that is reflective is powerful. You see, on one level, these notes
they can help a teacher, like myself, better understand the realities
that their students are going through. But on whole other level, these notes can be a powerful tool in teaching us just how essential
community is in education. You see, as a teacher,
I know my role is to build community. The work of teaching
is relationship building because we are not teaching subjects, we are teaching students. And the great news
is we don’t have to choose. We don’t have to choose
between academics and social development. We don’t have to choose
between achievement and human connection. The beautiful truth is that each are deeply
dependent on each other. And we can honour this duality by creating
relationship-centered classrooms where we stop thinking
of developing a child’s character as a nice complement
to the academic goals of school, and we start, we start thinking
of developing the whole child – emotionally, socially, intellectually –
as the requirement for learning. We can do that by giving
our students our unrelenting empathy and our indestructible faith. So, let us view our students
with a new lens. Let us see our schools in a new light. Because the goal of education
is not merely the passing on of knowledge; the goal of education is the holistic development
of each of our students. And that, that is what our students
really wish we knew. Thank you.

100 thoughts on “What kids wish their teachers knew | Kyle Schwartz | TEDxKyoto

  1. I wish my teacher I had last year knew that just because I'm smarter than the rest of the class don't mean I have to be sat at the back of the classroom with loads of extra worksheets and to stop blaming me for everything.heres an example:
    A random person: makes someone's little sister cry
    Me: at least 30 metres away talking to mate and gets ambushed by little kids kicking and pulling me.shouts at them to get off me
    Head teacher and caretaker: yell at me and two other innocent people

  2. I wish my teacher knew Im a human who is completely different from everyone else in the school

    I wish my teacher knew that are life's are just as busy and as complicated as theirs

  3. I wish my teachers knew I can’t concentrate at home because I had to watch the baby all afternoon and then babysit all four of the other kids because my dad always had to work and my mom always had to cook. I wish they knew I couldn’t concentrate in that school because all I could think about was how tired I am, how angry I am with my parents, and how I just wanted to die. I wish they knew when I got my quiet hour before bed, I couldn’t concentrate because all I could think was that I want to die and how I just wanted to see my dead friend one more time. I wish my teachers knew that I understand everything they’re telling me but it’s too hard for me to concentrate to explain it or practice it and if they had spent five minutes with me they’d know I understood everything. But now I’ve graduated and I wish my professors knew that all I can think about is how I’m going to be able to afford to keep going to school and how I dread going back home. I wish they knew I want to study, but I just can’t focus.

  4. I wish my teachers knew I don't like other people

    I wish my teachers knew when I didn't understand the topic

    I wish my teachers knew that I didn't get enough sleep.

    I wish my teachers knew that I was troubled.

    I wish my teachers knew that I can't stand yelling or anyone raising their voice.

    I wish my teachers knew I'm in physical and mental pain.

    I wish my teachers knew I'm severely depressed.

    I wish my teachers knew how to help me.
    —————————————–
    At a young age I didn't talk that much which developed into a bunch more problems later on. I can barely talk when I was about to cry and my deppresion starts taunting me, my mind full of hatred.

    I now only have a close knit of friends because one of my best "friends" caused the start of depression. She treated me like a dog and said hurtful things and even when I told her to stop she kept doing it. I can't stand other people because I know that someday they'll hurt me or die one day.

    My father figure day in January and I still cry because I can't handle it.

    I'm probably starting to develop an eating disorder because stress and depression prevent me from eating. 12 years old, 4"11 and 84 or so pounds.

    My cousin who I call my brother harasses me daily and I have had to fight to stay alive. I have been told by him that I'm not actually part of the family because I'm adopted.

    My mother is sick and may die soon because she can't take the time to get better since she's a single mother raising me and my cousin.

    My friends have a bunch of problems as well and we joke about it (at least I do) in order to not believe we have them.

    They say "Get more sleep" "Be healthy, while we are stressed because of everything. I've been told that we make our own problems or don't have problems.

    I once almost committed suicide at the start of the school year because I just wanted to stop all of the paib. I couldn't deal with the pain.

    I'm still depressed and I've wanted to die everyday. There's pain everyday and I don't want to deal with it anymore. I wrote a memoir about it for school and my teacher sent me to the counselor. I lied about it and she excepted my lie. They don't know, they don't understand. You can only understand when you are in that place.

  5. My teacher has like a box that it says I wish my teacher knew and we put a peace of paper in there and write on it aswell

  6. I wish my teachers knew that i have depression and want to kill myself.
    I wish my teachers would understand that on some days it is just not possible for me to prepare for 6+ lessons for the next day.
    I wish my teachers knew, that 15 subjects are just too much for me to handle.
    I wish my teachers knew, that when i am quiet in school, i am not thinking about what i will do in the afternoon, but thinking about where the next best place is to kill myself, because i can not understand anything in school for months.
    I wish my teachers knew when i am talking to my best friend in class, i am trying to lift her up, because she is struggeling with depression too or because she is trying to lift me up.
    I wish my teachers knew, that when I am crying about another bad grade, i am not crying because of me. I am crying because i have dispointed my parents once again.
     I wish my teachers knew, that because of school i have no will to life left.

    But then again, they now. I wish my teachers cared…

  7. I wish my teachers knew that having a great family, a home and friends doesnt mean we are mentally stable.

  8. I wish my teachers knew that just because I don’t raise my hand in class, doesn’t mean I don’t know the answer.

    I wish my teachers knew that just because I’m not the best at communicating my ideas doesn’t mean I don’t have them.

    I wish my teachers knew that I don’t want to work in groups because I literally can’t coupe with the anxiety involved with working with people I don’t really know.

    I wish my teachers knew that I am afraid to ask questions in class out of fear of being judged.

    I wish my teachers knew that just sometimes there is too much is going on in my brain and I can’t do work.

    I wish my teachers knew that walking into the locker area petrifies me as seeing other people gives me so much anxiety because I am so afraid that they are judging me or that I’m different.

    I wish my teachers knew that just because I don’t have close friends in my class, doesn’t mean that I don’t have friends.

    I wish my teachers knew that I want them to give me opportunities to demonstrate my knowledge because a lot of the time I don’t get the chance to use the things I know.

    I wish my teachers knew that most of the time I am scared of speaking with them and sometimes even looking at them but it doesn’t mean I don’t like them as my teachers, it’s just that I get so much anxiety when with people.

    I wish my teachers knew that just because I don’t excel in a certain area, doesn’t mean I don’t know the content well, I may just mean that I am not interested in it.

    I wish my teachers knew that just because I got a bad result on one test, doesn’t mean that I am not smart or don’t know what I am doing, I was probably just having a bad day.

    I wish my teachers knew how much their feedback and comments effects me and how much I value their opinion.

    I wish my teachers knew that I am a completely different person when I am with my family and my extended family.

    I wish my teachers knew how much little things can effect me.

    I wish my teachers knew that the reason I don’t get along with other people in my class is because I don’t want to associate with them or I am simply just afraid of them and I don’t want my teachers thinking that I am alone in class and I don’t want them to try and get me to work with others.

    I wish my teachers knew how much the lack of or too much sound in the classroom can annoy me as well as certain noises such as the sound of the marker on the whiteboard.

    I wish my teachers knew how my head feels like it’s exploding a lot of the time from all the sensory overload and the anxiety as well as all the thoughts and ideas I am having.

    I wish my teachers knew that I want to be the smart kid, I want to be myself, but I also want to fit in and I feel like I am the weird one and that people are constantly laughing at me.

    I wish my teachers knew the truth. I wish they understood me. I wish they could see things from my perspective. I wish they could support my true needs.

  9. I wish my teacher knew that when she yells at me,then gives me detention and acts like the world is over because I forgot my notebook that there are bigger problems in my world and hers. I wish my teacher knew that I forgot my homework not because I’m an irresponsible student,but because I cried myself self to sleep hoping I would never wake up at 3am the night before.

  10. I'm no longer in high school but when I was, I wished my teachers knew I was suicidal. That I was self harming every day. That I had an eating disorder. That I couldn't care less about doing well anymore because I was just trying to survive.

  11. I wish my teachers knew I have a terrible anxiety disorder that causes me to fear failure to the point of thinking that getting a zero and not turning my work in is better than getting that one question wrong

  12. I wish my teacher knew how much I've been through
    I wish my teacher knew about what my brother did
    I wish my teacher knew that I was sorry for all the breakdowns I had in the classroom

  13. I wish my teacher knew THAT WE HAVE DIFFERENT CLASSES AND WE HAVE SO MUCH GODDAMN HOMEWORK TO DO EVERY NIGHT

  14. I wish my teachers would know that I am not the same in school as I am at home

    I wish my teachers would know that giving tests all the time isn't going to help my math it is just going to stress me oit when you say is I passed or not in front of the class

    I wish my teachers would know that school isn't the most importante thing in my life right now (my teacher actuly said that)

    I wish my teachers would know that I hate mondays because i need to go to school to probbably get told that I need to practice more

    I wish my teachers wouldend be supprised when I do something good (We had a artweek in our school and there was a option for hip hop, so I went for that one and all the teachers that were there were shocked at what there students were doing, they were shocked that we had energy that we had a difrent emotion (happines and joy) than beeing tired all the time.

    I wish my teachers would know that putting me in a group with people that I don't like isn't going to help me work with people in the future, the thing that is going to happen is that there will be no talking one of the students makes the presentation and the lesson before they need to present they say which line they say and thats it

    I wish my teachers would know that I am not going to be a sientist so don't be dissapointed when I can't do something that I am not even going to use

  15. I wish my teachers knew that I wanted to die but I’m not going to because I don’t want to stick my student loans on my parents.

  16. I wish my teacher knew i'm insecure so she doesn't tell the whole class I forgot to turn in my homework.

    I wish my teacher knew I'm not a born expert.

    I wish my teacher knew I have depression.

    I wish my teacher knew I want to die.

    I wish my teacher knew to stay in her business and not make fun of me and my friends because of who we like.

    I wish my teacher knew i'm not great at the subject she teaches.

    I wish my teacher knew I don't like the subject she teaches.

    I wish my teacher knew

    that I don't like her.

  17. I wish my Teacher knew…

    – that every time she yelled it gave me migraines
    – that I don't understand
    – that one time she said I "Got lucky" on a really important test… hurt me up inside for weeks
    – that I do study
    – why I draw and Hum during class
    – why I don't volunteer to answer questions
    – that I don't hate them

  18. I wish one of my teachers knew that I’m so scared that she is going to yell at me that I have anxiety attack.

  19. 6:20 our school is like falling from a mile up onto a layer of cacti, thorns, bricks and rusty nails.

  20. I wish my teacher knew I started self harming to cope with all the stress.

    I wish my teacher knew I'm really clumsy so my work isn't always gonna be perfectly neat.

    I wish my teacher knew it's not always as simple as not leaving my pencils at my dad's or not forgetting about homework.

    I wish my teacher knew these past few months have been the worst of my life.

    I wish my teacher knew I tried to kill myself in the school bathrooms once.

    I wish my teacher knew I don't have the attention span to sit at a desk for 7 hours a day and that's part of the reason I'm always in trouble at school.

  21. I used to go to public school but I became depressed (the teachers never cared) and now I'm happy to be homeschooled

  22. The whole time i was at school I suffered from eating disorders, depression and anxiety. I never slept and so when I missed school because I was so tired the teachers never cared.

  23. I wish my teacher knew that I'm also human. I CAN'T keep up with your goddamn homework of completing 20, one page long questions in one day.

  24. I wish my teacher knew that she made me leak my pants during my period because she wouldn’t let me go to the bathroom.

  25. I wish my teacher helped me when I looked at her begging to make them go away.
    But she didn't. She just watched. She didn't care. They don't care.
    Teachers say we can speak, ask, but they make us shut up, they blame us for not living 20, 30 years as much as them.
    They DON'T Care.
    How many paragraphs have I written about how teachers can change the world by helping the students, how they told me.. yet they LIE.

  26. I wish my teacher knew that I’m not lazy, I just don’t have the energy to do the homework
    I wish my teacher knew that I wasn’t overreacting when I said I couldn’t do something
    I wish my teacher knew that mental disorders aren’t something that is a joke and can’t actually happen to people
    I wish my teacher knew that I normally cry myself to sleep if I can even fall asleep
    I wish my teacher knew that if I say I lost or forgot something, it’s the truth
    I wish my teacher knew that the only reason I care about my grades is because I will hate myself if I don’t do good work and my parents will make me do it over and over again until I do
    I wish my teacher knew that I don’t want to eat, no matter what they tell me
    I wish my teacher knew that I’m not going to suddenly not hate myself if they say “depression isn’t real, you’re imagining it or making it up”

  27. I wish my teacher knew that when I say I don't have any interests to share with the class I MEAN IT.I know you guys think that teenagers cant have real problems like adults can but that, that, is 100% NOT true. When I say I don't have any interests its because of my depression.

    I wish my teacher knew that its not so easy to go home and do 1 hour of homework each night when 2 other teachers have also said the same thing, PLUS the 3 other assignments you have due in other classes.

    I wish my teacher knew that going home and trying to work in the little time you have. you go to sleep at 8 so that's 5 hours we have after school alone. Most kids have an after school activity, hobby, sport and something that makes them happy so we would do that for about 2 hours a day. Now we have 3 hours, half an hour is spend on dinner the other half on the trip home OR the time it takes to get organized for the next day of school/changed. Now we have 2 hours, we like to spend our time SOCIALIZING, YEAH I KNOW, I REAL SHOCKER. We socialize for an 1hr minimum with friends and or family. That leaves us with half an hour to get changed and ready for bed and HALF AN HOUR TO CRAM IN THE 3 HOURS OF HOMEWORK. We need to do all of this so we are happy and healthy, homework is not something we need to survive.

    I wish my teacher knew that when I say I need the toilet as a moody teenage girl and you deny that right to me….. YOU just denied the rights of every woman on this planet. -.- Girls will know what I mean.

    I wish my teacher knew that when I don't know the answer to something my hand is DOWN ad when I do, OH LOOK, ITS UP IN THE AIR.

    I WISH MY TEACHER KNEW THAT I CANT JUST HAVE A POSITIVE SELF IMAGE BY JUST BEING CONFIDENT AND KIND. WHERE THE HECK DID THAT COME FROM.

    I wish my teacher knew that i'm not everything they want me to be, despite their efforts. IM NOT PERFECT. AND I AM FINALLY PROUD THAT IM NOT PERFECT. And when you tell me ill never make it in life because I failed my science test, guess where that self-esteem goes. YEP, PLOOP, RIGHT DOWN THE TOILET.

  28. I wish my teacher knew that some kids don’t love being in the spotlight every time they do something good.

    Or be told that they’re the best in front of the WHOLE CLASS.

    I wish every teacher knew that a lot of kids can actually have something called ‘envy’ and can feel that they’re being compared, and that the only thing they can do about it is insulate the one they’re being compared to, and they do it.

  29. I wish my teacher knew that i had chronic anxiety
    I wish that they knew that yes i get straight A's but ive become apathetic with my peers
    I wish that they knew that i sometimes can not physically mentally or emotionally deal with people because i have imsomnia
    I wish they knew that ihad serious doubts on whether or not i had schizophrenia because i had both auditory and visual hallucinations

    And no i am not exaggerating ANY of these points

  30. I wish my teacher knew that I don't sleep well and haven't slept well in months.

    I wish my teacher knew that I can't focus in class and struggle to pay attention, especially when I'm overtired and not interested in the subject.

    I wish my teacher knew that there is more to life than just cramming information into our heads.

    I wish my teacher knew that I struggle with depression and anxiety and that yelling at the class or telling me to focus is a big trigger because for my entire life I've been told that failure is the worst possible thing to go through in school and that I can't make mistakes.

    I wish my teacher knew that I would learn better if I were allowed to stand up in class, because moving around helps me focus better.

    I wish my teacher knew that there are a lot of other ways that people can learn.

    I wish my teacher knew that I don't like being yelled at for being late to class.

    I wish my teacher knew that I'm human and can't operate constantly 7 hours during the school day with many hours of homework, it gives me almost no time to do and find things that I enjoy and keeps me from exploring careers that I could take or hobbies I could have.

    I wish my teacher knew that I'm not perfect..

  31. I showed this to my French teacher with Frech subtitles and guess what…
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    He called me lazy and gave us more homework and now I'm writing this at 2:54 doing french conjugation

  32. Thank you kyle for sharing your lovely knowledge that a teacher must have the compassion and ëmpathy.

  33. If we'd do this in our school, we still couldn't write what we really think, because it would affect what professors think about us and so, our grades too.

  34. I know this isn’t what I wish my teacher knew but I have my own one:

    I wish my ‘friends’ know what depression feels like. They all make jokes about having it. And they joke about self harming bit none of them do because I see them changing floor gym class. They don’t see that I never change in front of them and I never wear shot sleeves and when they joke about it I go really quiet. They don’t realise that I miss so many days of school because I can’t handle seeing anyone or do anything. I’m not strong enough to put on a brave face so I just stay in my bed. I wish they knew what it was like to actually feel that pain not just joking about it…

  35. I wish my teacher knew.. I forgot what it's like to wake up in the morning without being scared to open my eyes and live…

    I wish my teacher knew… I cry evry night because of them

    I wish my techer knew.. I miss my dad… and he'll never be back..

    I wish my teacher knew I'm scared of becoming nothing

    I wish my teacher knew that… I dont have a dream anymore.

  36. You know what I wish my classmates would think about the others in their classes, one thing that I think about a lot is storming out of class, I wish my classmates would think about the people around them. I have broken down into tears because of them and their rudeness and their failure to think about their classmates

  37. I wish my teacher knew how much I struggle with axiety and stress, and that I am doing the best I can

  38. I wish my teachers knew, that they mostly do a great job
    I wish my teachers knew, that the system they work for is terrible

    I wish my teachers knew, that I am not always able to learn, that I'm tired, and sometimes sad, that I am a teenager, that I need sleep, that I have feelings too

    I wish my teachers would knew, that I don't life for school

  39. I wish my teacher knew I gave up on having fun learning way long ago.
    I Wish my teacher knew that students and I feel powerless to give a change to the school.
    I wish my teacher knew that I have gained anxiety for my grades because I am a big perfectionist.
    Lastly, I wish my teacher knew that making this comment had helped me.
    Thank you video.

  40. Wish my teacher knew that everything i touch turns to $h!t and that my old man whacked me with a spatula and threw me in the bathtub the night before. Oh, wait, my old man IS my teacher.

  41. I wish my teacher knew that kids can feel stressed out and have depression..Like bruh my health teacher talked about depression and was like..

    KiDDsS cAnT GeT DepReSsIoN

    Stoopid…. SO STOP GIVING US HW EVERYDAY!!!

  42. i wish my teacher knew that i'm not trying to be a bad student.

    i wish that my teacher knew that i have been struggling with depression and i can't motivate myself to do anything, let alone school work.

    i wish my teacher knew that i know there's no point in this when i doubt i'll live to 18.

    i wish my teacher knew that i am trying my hardest, it just turns out my hardest looks like nothing.

    i wish my teacher knew that i'm on the verge of giving up.

  43. I wish my Teachers knew we did more things outside school and also need to sleep in order to not be zombies the next morning. I wish my teacher knew that we do not need to do 3 hours of homework to understand the topic that is needed to be done for a good grade, even though we might never use it in our lives again

  44. I wish my teacher knew that I set the bar to high on myself.
    I wish my teacher knew that when my one best friend isn’t there that day I don’t have any friends.
    I wish my teacher knew that every new school year I play alone at recess because every time I ask someone to play they shoot me down because of my body!
    I wish my teacher knew I got bullied so hard last year and one time by a substitute teacher.
    I wish my teacher knew that every day I come home asking myself tell the teacher your problems but never do.

  45. I wish my teachers knew that I have problems in school but don't say so cause I don't want people involved.
    I wish my teachers knew that it is important to do something about bullying and not say that we will discipline them.
    I wish my teachers knew that we are people. We can't do everything you want us to. We may fail or be undisciplined. We know we need a job but you don't need to tell us that every time you talk. Please don't send us down to guidance we never go. Just see us as people like you.

  46. I wish my teacher knew i have a bigger dream than just go to college and find a stable job
    I wish my teacher knew how amazing the art is than just solve some boring useless math problem
    I wish my teacher knew i am more than just a normal student bc u know what everyone has their own unique

  47. I wish my teachers know that I might not come back to college next year because I cannot afford the bus pass.

  48. I wish my teachers knew that it’s hard.
    It’s really hard to even stand up every day and go to school. It’s hard to do all the homework they want us to do, because they usually forget that we have not only your lesson, but 6 more each day. It’s hard to write 5 tests a day. And it’s more harder when you start blaming us in that. Ok, I didn’t do my homework yesterday, I’m sorry, stop screaming at me.

    I wish they knew that because of school I don’t have time to sleep, to eat, to do something that I like, to go out with friends, or even to live.

    I wish they knew I just want to live.

    I wish teachers knew that there are only 24 hours in a day.

    I wish teachers knew that it isn’t enough to go to school and normally listen to all they say, do all the homework they ask and sleep normally.

    I wish they knew that I didn’t sleep normally about three weeks, that coffee in my body broke the limit and some days ago my hand started shake so I couldn’t do anything.

    I wish teachers knew that instead of doing homework yesterday, I was sitting on the floor in the center of my room, crying and screaming in my pillow so no one could hear, because I’ve got bad mark for an important test.

    I wish teachers knew that it was 4 time this month.

    I wish teachers knew that even if I have all excellent marks all years of my school life I’m tired.

    I wish they knew how badly I’m feeling right now.

    I wish they knew how much I just want to stop trying anything at school.
    But I can’t.
    Because it’s my responsibility.

    I wish teachers knew that I started learning psychology, because I want to understand why do I feel so bad.

    I wish they knew that all that they think about me is wrong.
    That almost every single time when they ask how are you and I answer that I’m fine I lie.

    I wish they knew that my self-esteem is too low because of the school.

    I wish my teachers knew that I have more problems that they can even imagine.

    And I wish they knew that I’m not the only one.

  49. I wish my teacher knew I naturally have really good memory and that’s why I barely pay attention and don’t study so shut up for once.
    I wish my teacher knew that I want to be a teacher so that makes me take mental notes on what they do, so I don’t when I’m a teacher.
    I wish my teacher knew I have my head down because I slept at 2 am for the past 2 months.
    I wish my teacher knew it’s ok for students to talk to each other when you’re not speaking.
    I wish my teachers knew their doing bad jobs of teaching. There’s this one teacher I’ll call mrs a. She loves teaching, but doesn’t do anything that makes us think the same. She has us sit down(not saying a single word entire period or she yells at us) and copy notes off a board the ENTIRE PERIOD FOR MONTHS STRAIGHT.
    I wish my teacher knew that shut up isn’t an offensive phrase.
    I wish my teacher knew to help kids learn how to not let others words get to them, so that they don’t have to find out alone, like I have.
    I wish my teacher knew we hate sitting next to the bitches of the school. There are 2 or 3 friend groups that are fine, but the rest are just complete jerks for no reason.
    I wish my teacher knew they should do a job where they don’t interact at all or teach kids.
    I wish my teacher knew they should grow tf up and stop power tripping.
    In conclusion, most teachers are oblivious cunts.
    Have a nice day.

  50. How can she be a teacher if she's whispering all the time?? You have to be louder than 25 8-year-olds for that

  51. I wish my teacher knew that I'm not comfortable with being forced to learn things I don't care about.

  52. I wish my teacher knew
    1. That I do extracurriculars, and no, your class is not necessarily more important to me
    2. That getting 7 hours of sleep, working for 8 hours a day 5 days a week in a place you really don't want to be is why I seem so miserable
    3. That I will only use about 1/20 lessons you teach in my entire life
    4. That my creativity should be just as important as my mathematical ability
    5. That I don't want to work in a group where I do all the work

  53. There is so many things my teachers should know about me, but I know that none of them would care. I would learn better if they knew some of these things. And on the days when I am just out of it, most of the time I'm not ok. There is many things going on around me. This most recent year in school I was able to talk to a teacher I have had for 3 years now. I could talk about all my problems knowing someone cared about me. I also learned this was her last year teaching. Some things I can't talk to one of my two friends about, but I will be fine I have ways of talking to this teacher even if she is no longer my teacher. I wish she know how much I really do miss her and how important it was to have her in my life.

  54. I wish all teachers know that we will most likely never use the things they tell us in life. We dont feel happy in school but the moment we step into the gym,studio,theater we are extremely happy because when we do the things we love like dance,acting,football,ext. All our worries go away!

    I wish the teachers knew that we would rather learn how to do good in the real world by learning how to do taxes,drive a car, deal with anxiety and depression and stress, make connections,know who is fake, get out of harmful situations, take on resposiablitys, take care of a baby, take care of a pet, ext.

  55. I wish my teacher knew that the social aspect of school is gravely crippling me.
    I wish my teacher knew that I, as an autist, want to be left alone from time to time.
    I wish my teacher knew that I don't want to participate in group projects.
    I wish my teacher knew that I feel like I'm wasting my time at school.

  56. I Wish my Math teacher knew that I try my best even though it’s a tough subject for me.

    I Wish my reading teacher isn’t slow and to stop talking and let us read to get it over with it.

    I Wish my gym teacher knew I HATED going to gym ever day because they don’t want me on their team because they don’t give me a chance to throw the ball or pass to me Exempt this one nice guy that actually passed it to me and other kids who never get the ball. Thank you

    I Wish my my teacher would help me out and listen to what things I struggle with and help me and not hide at her desk.

  57. I wish my teacher knew that who I am in school is not me, but a part of me that hides the true character of my whole self. That me is the me who wants to make sure my character is not harmed from the long and boring hours of sitting and waiting.

    I wish my teacher knew that my true potential is being held back from you and from my fear of speaking up for once

    I wish my teacher knew that though I do great in class, all I really want is to have fun.

    I wish My Teacher knew I want to be alone for some time to think about me, not school.

  58. I can't take all of the comments about people with depression seriously because of how many people who don't have depression but say that they do to try to get attention/be edgy

  59. I wish my teacher knew that I’m not just “unfocused” but I’m planning my suicide

    I wish my teacher knew that I have depression, anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, impulse control issues, and I cry myself to sleep every night

    I wish my teacher knew that I wasn’t sick for a week and a half but I was admitted to a mental hospital

    I wish my teacher knew my undying love for physics and Stephan Hawking

    I wish my teach knew that “it’s not a phase”

    I wish my teacher knew that I love reading and writing to escape the countless amounts of homework that I never have time for

    I wish my teacher knew that I’m not lazy I’m depressed

    I wish my teacher knew that I got diagnosed with gender dysphoria

    I wish my teacher knew that I hate myself

  60. I wish my teachers knew which kids are getting bullied I want to help them but I am afraid I will get bullied if I say something so I justed sit there and I don’t say nothing

  61. I wish my teacher knew that I don't have my homework to hand because I generally did just forget it and that perhaps it's because stress causes memory loss

    I wish my teacher knew that school isn't for 6 hours, it's for at least 8 hours, and then it could add up to 9 hours because I have mental breakdowns because of all of the stress going through my head

    I wish that my teacher knew that I just want to go home and try to relax without having to spent 2 more hours doing work, I just want to play games or have a social life

    I wish my teacher knew that I don't answer questions or put my hand up because I'm just not bothered in the lesson it's because I'm terrified of seeing that face of, "I need to gently tell this child that they are wrong" because I see that face in my nightmares, I'm terrified of that face

  62. I wish my teacher knew that I'm starting to put more effort into my school works. I wish my teacher knew that I want to change, they just dont care about me anymore…and I wish they knew that their the reason why I want to give up.

  63. I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Awful Life So she Can Help Me And I Can Tell My Family But I'm Scared And Why I Dont Want To Eat But Nobody Knows It And Alot Of More Things

    Edit forgot this part: Also Why I
    Want To Commit Suicide

    Also this is all true I promise you I will never lie about this

  64. I wish my teacher knew I don't feel safe in school.

    I wish my teacher knew I use selfharm as an coping method for stress.

    I wish my teacher knew that my anxiety makes me feel like everyone is talking about me and that that's the reason why I don't want to speak in class…

  65. I wish my teacher knew that I talk in class because it's the only time I get to fun and talk to friends because in the yard everyone goes to play sports while I'm sitting alone watching kids be happy because I'm to shy to go and ask of I can play. Yes I know I shouldn't be talking in class but it's how I made my friends and it's been the only way I made friends since 2nd grade I'm going to 5th grade now if I stop talking in class I feel like I be more lonely i seem lazy but really I'm not im just shy to go out and have people look at me

  66. I wish my teachers knew that had they treated me as an equal and communicated with me like they communicated with each other, not as an ultimate authority who is to be followed without question, they would have gotten so much more out of me.
    I wish my teacher knew that I wasn't talking back to them to be rude or annoying, but because I didn't (and still don't understand) why they didn't treat me like they treated other adults and that made me feel threatened.
    I wish my teacher knew that calling me 'a special one', even though said with good intentions, is an incredibly toxic thing to do. It's a word I keep on encountering. 'Special' or 'different' seem to be diminutives for 'weird'. It indicates that I don't fit the norm and even though you mean well, you apparently feel a need to set me apart from the rest of society. I'm not 'unique' or 'special'. I may not fit the norm, but there's no reason to call me out for it even though you mean well.

  67. I wish my teacher knew that sometimes I didn’t have my homework done because I couldn’t come up with the motivation to do it or if it was done badly it was because I could only make myself start it at 6 am and it should’ve taken longer.
    I wish my teacher knew that I’ve sat for hours trying to do an assignment that I truly cared about but couldn’t g et done on time and couldn’t make it better.
    I wish my teacher knew that when my sister got sick it was the only thing I could think about and it stopped me from doing assignments but I wouldn’t admit it because I already felt like I was useless and a burden while at the same time just wanting to be asked how I was doing separate from my sister

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