There's always more than meets the eye
I recently receive a thank you note from a mother. I'll always treasure it because she captures what it is I do, and appreciates it.
There's always more to the story. This is a truth I hold whenever I work with a student. There's always more than the teacher's report, the neuropsych test and analysis, the counselor's perspective, the....you name it. So while I value that input, I also take the time to get to know each student, to understand what's going on from their perspective, how they understand the situation, and what they would like to see happen...and we go from there.
Here's that letter: We are also so grateful for all that you have done for C. He has learned so much from you, and gained so much confidence from working with you. It will serve him well forever. Mostly, though, you will always hold a special place in my heart as one of the cherished people along the way who looked long enough to see his gifts, and to really appreciate them. I cannot thank you enough.
Shine on C. You have so much to share with this world, and we'll all be the better for it!