This week’s question asks about my top 5 “What-ifs” at the WC. So, without further ado:
1. A writer who cries – one of two things might happen. I might start crying myself, or I might get so flustered that I lose the ability to speak. I do not want to have to handle anyone’s nervous breakdown, so I hope that no one ever bursts out in tears in a session!
2. The writer won’t listen – if the writer fails to see the point in any suggestions I make because they ‘like’ what they have already, even if it’s flawed, then it makes me feel I have ‘failed’ as the tutor. Even though I tried and they didn’t want to listen, the lack of improvement would make me feel like a failure.
3. The writer is not cooperating – again, this is a situation which would make me feel like a failure. Regardless of why the writer won’t cooperate, if nothing gets done due to their sullenness, I will feel that I have failed them.
4. The writer has a learning disability – I have absolutely no idea what it's like to have a LD, so it would be hard for me to creatively work around the student's limitations and figure out a way to help them.
5. The writer asks about a grade – second only to crying, this is the situation which would make me the most uncomfortable. I'm not their teacher and this isn’t something I can do, yet students can be pretty desperately demanding about this.