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Classroom fight

Riccardo called Jayne to

Riccardo called Jayne to make an appointment. He met Jayne in her classroom after her last lesson of the day. There was something about Jayne made Riccardo think of a curious squirrel. Perhaps it was the speed at which her hands moved? Her eyes were the colour of an overcast sky. Her thick, straight, charcoal-coloured hair was very long and she wore it tied back in a dignified, practical style. She had a matronly build. Her wardrobe was classy, with a lot of green and silver. Autumn or spring? wondered Riccardo. Jayne was gathering papers from the students' desks. She greeted Riccardo cheerfully but it was clear from her half-closed eyes that this had been a tiring day. "How are you doing?" Riccardo asked, suspecting that Jayne might have a headache. "One of those days," replied Jayne. "Is this bad timing? We would need at least half an hour to start the coaching, and set up the observation. Jayne, "I can give you half an hour." "Do you need anything? Coffee? Water? A walk? Jayne confirmed, "No, I will do that later." "Shall we get straight into it then?" Hoping he was being efficient and not aggressive. "Sure," said Jayne, sitting down, papers in front of her. "What made you choose to have coaching?" Jayne, "I need it. I need to learn how to manage my energy, or I will go home exhausted every day. And I know where that leads," Jayne sighed. "I can see that you have used up almost all your energy today. You are taking good care of yourself by giving me no more than thirty minutes of your time." 96

"Yes, half an hour," she sighed. "May I ask, how long has this been going on?" "I have been a teacher for twenty-two years and last year I took a whole term off work due to exhaustion." Several emotions ran across her face. "Bravery. Courage," said Riccardo's inner voice, "regret, shame and fear." Riccardo asked, "What brought you back?" "The students!" Jayne stated firmly. Riccardo asked, "What do you mean?" "I love working with the students." There was passion in her voice. "You love working with them, and you get exhausted." "Yes." "What's happening so that you get exhausted?" Jayne launched into, "The students don't listen to instructions or information or directions. They seem to treat school like a coffee shop, they talk and talk about whatever they got up to yesterday, who said what and to whom, and then they talk about what they will do at the weekend." "That sounds like a challenge." waited while Jayne landed again before he asked, "What do you love about working with the students?" Jayne reveals, "When they focus, they learn. I love to see when they learn how to do something that they couldn't do before. They shine." "What shines?" "Their eyes. They understand that they can learn. And I know that I have been a part of that. It's what keeps me coming back." 97

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