Janet, overlaid with Sean.
Both of these people are so very good at their jobs. And a big part of what they do is what I spent most of today doing.
I met with a student and his family, one who is returning after a two week suspension. Immediately afterward I met with a student and his family who were thinking of coming, but weren’t sure they should stay. I was able to put them at ease after about 30 minutes, and he stayed. As they left, another couple were outside my door: they asked if I had a minute. I met with them for 40 minutes, and as they left, a student was waiting outside and asked if he could talk to me. He came in and we talked all the way through Meeting for Worship. After he was gone, I wrote a letter to a family and student with whom I met last Thursday evening; then went and taught my class. After class I interviewed a potential student, and then his mother. Then, time on the phone with another parent.
Afterward, I wondered why I was so tired. Listening takes a lot of energy (at least doing it well does) and that’s so much of what I (and we all) have to do here: Listen with intensity.
I’m so glad I have other people around me who model this . . .
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