Reviewer: MaryR Signed [Report This]
Date: 13 Feb 2012 5:39 pm Title: Chapter 3 - Rachel Versus the Staff

Interesting! The two other teachers went out of their way to make Tamara feel better but didn't really do the same for Rachel. Oh, I know Kathy has right on her side, and that Rachel could come to a sticky end if she escaped every time she was stressed, but I did feel they could have consoled her afterwards. As it is, they've rather left it to Tamara to do that, now the latter has revealed her own stresses. Poor Tamara will feel guilty that she wasn't keeping a look out for Rachel's struggles when she has them herself in this situation, but I do feel someone needs to sit down with the staff and explain in words of one syllable how Rachel is going to be affected in different situations and what her main stressors are, ie noise, sudden changes, etc. Or the poor girl might end up being left out of all expeditions. Len, as always, is kind and compassionate, but Kathy will soon be the Head and will need to find an extra dollop of sensitivity and perception to temper her discipline.

Thanks, Squirrel

Reviewer: Elder in Ontario Signed [Report This]
Date: 13 Feb 2012 3:32 pm Title: Chapter 3 - Rachel Versus the Staff

I think Kathy and Len handled things very well there.  Rachel had to understand that she couldn't simply absent herself when things went beyond her tolerance level, and the two, especially Kathy, certainly gave her that message.  It was hard for Kathy, too - no matter how much she understood of Rachel's needs there, the fact remains that she was the senior mistress in charge of this half term trip and therefore responsible for the safety of each and every pupil and staff member in the group.

However, once again, Tamara was even better able to 'get through' to Rachel, simply by showing her how she herself had coped in a situation which was just as difficult for her.  True, that means she has revealed more of her own situation to both Len and Kathy, but that is no bad thing in the circumstances.  And Rachel will certainly learn from what Tamara will teach her in those sessions after they all return to school.

Thanks, Squirrel



Reviewer: Beecharmer Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 13 Feb 2012 8:58 am Title: Chapter 3 - Rachel Versus the Staff

Thank you - and a giod perspective, that Tamara was just as affected but used her coping stratagy. Good that she made Rachel think about it rather than letting her believe that they didn't understand.

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