I've seen it from both sides, as a giver and receiver of news. Tonight's role was one of academic language, of progress and struggle, the glee of success, and the angst and frustration of work without gain. But I've also patiently sat in those chairs many times. I've known my own children's achievements and failures. I've heard the news from the other side.
As both mother and teacher, I know what they're thinking. I know that their child is the most important one in the school. Their child is their joy and their world and their light, and only the best will do. And they're right, because each child that enters my classroom is the most important one that I teach. As both mother and teacher, I know that is true.