There are a ton of tweets with the hashtag #iwishmyteacherknew. The idea is, as a teacher, you ask your class what they wish you knew and you collect their responses. This idea is not new. I remember hearing about it two year ago. But, with the beginning of a new school year, it's come back around. Oh, and there is a teacher making money off of it, too.
What?! Making money, you might ask?
Yes, a teacher asked her class this question and turned the responses into a book (not linking to it, on purpose). Now, I'm all for writing about the profession. I have a stack of edu books waiting to be read. What I'm not into is asking kids to share their deepest thoughts, fears, and struggles and then turning around and sharing them with the world. Rafranz Davis says it great, read her post here.
You are their teacher. If they feel safe enough with you to share personal details,
1. read it
2. let it inform you as a teacher
3. and keep it private!
-share on social media
-use it to look like some type of "hero"
-turn their responses into a book for your profit!
Listen, I get it, teaching is HARD. Kids have struggles. But, as a caring teacher, you already knew that, didn't you? Read this by Pernille Ripp
Full disclosure, I did this activity last year with my 6th graders. I made a Google form to collect responses. But I made it clear: "Only myself and my co-teacher would read their responses." You know what, I did learn from those responses. I'm glad I did it, but I'm also glad that I respected the students (and their families) enough to keep that information to myself.