Tomorrow night, our second set of conferences for the school year begin. Why do I still get butterflies for these meetings after all these years of teaching? I think I may have more anxiety than some of my students as we prepare and complete our “talking sheet”. Perhaps it is the experience of knowing there are those random comments or questions that come out of nowhere and create doubt for either the student or myself. Maybe it’s the defeating feeling of a student’s time to shine taken away by a parent focusing on the negative. We (students and teachers) work so hard and want to share it with families. Sometimes the other people turn focus to their needs and not ours. I will do all I can to ensure time to shine balanced with goals.