What teachers wish their students knew

May 5, 2015 by

After touching letters from pupils completing the sentence: ‘I wish my teacher knew …’ went viral, we ask teachers what they wish their students knew

A teacher in the US asked students to finish the sentence: “I wish my teacher knew …”. The touching and revealing results went viral on Twitter, with one child writing “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have a friend to play with me”. Others wrote of troubles at home. We asked teachers what they wish their students knew.

Jackie Schneider, music teacher, London

I wish my students knew that education is not a competitive sport. No child is a number. Levels tell you more about the school than the child. Gold stars, house points, smiley faces and stickers are a con. In the same way that some kids take longer to learn to walk and talk, some take longer to learn literacy and numeracy skills but this does not matter. Every child has the potential to be gifted and talented. Virtue is its own reward. And there is more to education than school. I wish they knew that reading could bring them more joy than they could ever imagine. And that their singing voice is beautiful.

Avais Qureshi, citizenship teacher, London

I wish they knew that life is about so much more than who approves of you and who doesn’t. A lot of kids are too hung up on peer groups. I wish they knew that this time doesn’t return: they need to focus on their top priorities and getting the grades they need.

Anonymous primary teacher, Leeds

Source: What teachers wish their students knew | Education | The Guardian

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