#IWishMyTeacherKnew Sparks Worldwide Discussion
One teacher in Denver has taken a simple premise and opened up a lot of eyes in recent weeks.
In a simple exercise, she made each of her grade 3 pupils write a sentence beginning with "I wish my teacher knew..."
The responses were varied from too much homework to much more serious issues about home life.
But the one thing in common was she was giving her students a voice and a chance to open up about how to best serve their needs.
Working in the public school system in an area that has students from various levels of poverty and being underprivileged makes her job to connect that little bit more difficult.
"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.
"In the end, all teachers want to support their students, and #iwishmyteacherknew is a simple and powerful way to do that."
While it is just a small step, she has had teachers and educators across the globe reach out to her and begin to employ her activity in the classrooms to much success.
Here are some of the striking things that her students wanted her to know - and by just reading them you can understand how knowing such details can help in the classroom going forward.