We’ve started the countdown. In less than 12 months, my small group of teenage girls will have our last official, formal small group conversations. When I think about that, I can’t help but remember my very first group and how that conversation caught me off-guard, how I prepared exactly zero emotionally for the impact that moment would have.
As a young teacher, I worked extremely hard and ran into consistent roadblocks when it came to the secretaries at our school. I would follow all of their process to request a substitute when ill and was often told “none are available” when other teachers clearly did not have this problem. Bemoaning the situation to a more seasoned colleague, he said, “Come on child. Let’s go on a walk.”.
Feedback is hard for me. Anybody else? It isn't hard because I don't want or value feedback. I actually really appreciate it. But, I've always found feedback to be hard because my brain doesn't know how to weight it. If left to my defaults, I would think about positive feedback 4% of the time and negative feedback 96% of the time.