A story came out this week about a teacher in Denver that applied a new exercise with the children in her classroom but having them finish the sentence "I wish my teacher knew..." The notes she received were very interesting as some were heartbreaking and others gave much insight in the lives and thoughts of these children. Notes stated "I wish my teacher knew that I want to go to college.", "I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot.", "I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was 3 years old and I haven't seen him in 6 years." and many more.
As I read through these letters I started to think about if everyone tried this exercise. Yes, by everyone, I mean adults. What if each one of us wrote a note such as "I wish my boyfriend knew...", "I wish my friends knew...", "I wish my family knew..." and so on. I struggle with this thought and the exercise this teacher had in the classroom as I'm not sure if this is too invasive in someone's life or not. To some extent, it provides incredibly valuable insight in the reality of another's life. Shouldn't we be aware of a child's (or adult's!) mindset? The honesty that these notes would provide are just that - heartbreaking, at times - but they also provide such the opportunity for real, true expression, expression that may not ever be known otherwise and could give someone the caring and comfort that they are seeking internally. At the same time, is this too hurtful to express and would it just create negative energy therefore knocking any type of beneficial outcome?
I've been thinking about this over the past few days and continue to try to pinpoint how I feel about it. What are your thoughts on this method of communication? How would you finish the sentence?