My friend Nicole once told me, “When someone is sharing their Truth, you shut up.” It can sometimes be tough to tell when someone is sharing their Truth, but if you sense someone might be doing so, I try to shut up.
Also, it can sometimes feel awkward to simply sit beside a student while s/he is writing. But sitting is great. In fact, sometimes it’s exactly right.
These two situations have one thing in common: “The being is the doing.”
Allowing someone time to process–either aloud or while writing–while I sit and simply hold space is a gift. And it’s enough.