Day 58 (of 183) supporting vs enabling
It’s a fine line we walk in education. A key reason why “fair isn’t always equal” often gets used.
And it’s tricky from the principals office where we dont go to get in trouble, we are there to solve problems.
But when some students become frequent visitors…..well….I know I often have to do some double checks. Am I supporting s student with what they need or am I enabling them to get their wants.
And every now and then I am happily reminded why we work as a team. I posed a question asking if a child who was stuck (fixated on a poster at our book fair) and the fix was easy: get him the poster.
Would it further enable him to get stuck whenever he wanted something or be a reward for positive progress he has made. And his classroom teacher had the best perspective: while he was distracted, he was able to have periods of working on-task; and if he had a different home/family environment things would be different in terms of wants vs needs.
This the diagram I love to refer to. Enabling vs supporting is very much like fair vs equal.
It really depends.