Elle Deal, 1 5th grade teacher gave her students a homework assignment, but she obtained more than she bargained for. the results were totally heartbreaking.
Ella Asked each student in her classroom to write a short journal after the prompt “What I wish my teacher would know…” 5 of her students replied with powerful confessions about their lives outside of school. confessions that Elle would carry with her for the rest of her life.
Elle couldn’t help but share these 5 students’ moving writing assignment on Facebook
Her hope was to remind people to “leave this life a little better than how we found it.”
“Kid 1: I wish my teacher would know, my dad is in jail and I haven’t seen him in years.
Kid 2: I wish my teacher would know, I don’t always eat dinner because my mom works and I don’t know how to work the stove.
Kid 3: I wish my teacher would know, my sister sleeps in the same bed as me and sometimes she wets the bed and that’s why I smell funny.
Kid 4: I wish my teacher would know that I don’t always have sneakers for gym class because my brothers and I share one pair.
Kid 5: I wish my teacher would know I like coming to school because it’s quiet here, not like my house with all the yelling.”
Elle is a teacher who lives her life doing everything she can to make difference in the lives of other people. According to Pop Sugar, this writing activity just reinforced some of this elementary school teacher’s beliefs.
“We spend so much time talking and judging what we think we know . . . we need to ask more questions and spend more time listening,” she wrote. “We also need to shift our mindset and see things from other people’s perspective, give more than we get, and live to serve.”
8 Months after Elle originally posted about her assignment on Facebook, it went viral.
The post has nearly 4,000 comments, over 60,000 shares, and over 41,000 reactions. For the most part, the comments are positive.
One user agreed with Elle that this writing assignment was a great example of why you should never judge someone you know nothing about, “prime example of why we should never judge…we never know the whole story behind a person’s circumstances!”
Several users commented on how heartbreaking the results of the assignment were.
“Breaks my heart.”
“This is hard to know since it is emotional.”
There were even a few users who noted they understood these children’s responses as “they were one of these kids” growing up.
While Elle does not have any recent posts about her writing assignment from eight months ago, she does periodically post uplifting or motivational statuses on her wall.
Sometime after originally posting about her writing assignment on Facebook, Elle updated the post to thank people for the overwhelmingly positive response. She encouraged people to reach out to local schools to find ways to help struggling children.
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