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These are inescapable teacher moments,
hopefully tempered by all of the other conferences that weren’t so
tough. I hope you can balance the tough conference with the one where
you and a parent were able to celebrate an amazing young person. I hope
this tough one was counteracted by the conference where you and a parent
were able to talk productively and hopefully about growth areas for the
child. I hope you will put into perspective this tough conference by
holding onto the other bright spots of “thank you” or “my child loves
your class” or “she’s challenged” or “he’s gaining confidence.”
Nevertheless, the conversations that turn tough can leave you feeling
unsure at best and defensive at worst. So let’s see what we can do to
help you use this experience as productively as possible.