This is the first of a series of blogs that examines the strategies an independent coach-educator can use to handle the external and internal struggles that arise when taking on a challenging education assignment in a less-than-optimal setting.
Of course, I have written this as a story. It's not published yet.
Through the window, you can see into my office. It has been my bedroom for the night. The arrangement of furniture is simple, a writing desk built into a bookshelf, with two hinged doors like wings, one on either side to allow this space be closed like a safe. The rest of the office shows signs of my overnight stay. On the bright red carpet, there are empty teacups and open books. Sheaves of papers are strewn in fallen piles among notebooks some stacked; some open, with pencils as bookmarks, like the scene of a bloodless battle with no clear victor. There came a sound.
As I dozed among my journals strewn
There pinged an e-mail across the room.
The ringing cut through my morning gloom
and woke this hero, an hour too soon.
My fingers rattled across the keys
The login typed with practised ease.
The challenge I read between the lines
described my task to be, this time.
Read the full story here.
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