Today weighed heavy.
After reading student writing that broke my heart, a conversation with a student left me unsure how to help, what advice to give.
I told the student this, and said that I would consult outside sources and check back in.
“It’s okay,” the student assured me. “I know—this is going to sound like a pamphlet or something—but it really helps to just talk to a ‘trusted adult.’” Yes, this was in air quotes.
These are the days I feel like all the training in the world couldn’t prepare a person to do this job. Simultaneously, I know the most important thing I can do—in situations like this—is to listen.