I'm glad when my students need me. I like when I can actually offer them help and they seek it out.
But I've got a home-schooler in my class this semester who has already worn me out. She's pleasant as all get out and I enjoyed her fierce inquisitiveness when I first started working with her outside of class.
But only three weeks in she's paralyzed about any activity unless I give her a go-ahead. She's grown overly reliant in that short of time. I want her to work on her own, too, not just wait for approval. But so many of my students over the years have been so disengaged from me and the material that it's sort of nice to have this force of nature around. I don't want to encourage her to learn the wrong way, though, and I'm not entirely sure part of my unease is just how tired she makes me!
Q: Do I try to undo this attachment, make her back off, make her do more thinking for herself, or is an educational partnership like this a modern educational path that I just don't know about yet? Should I just enjoy the whirlwind?