So, I've only been teaching at this school for 3 years now, but I've been getting visiting students after year one (since the HS is right across the street). The problem is that when they visit, the visits are always VERY awkward. I'm thinking it might be because they're still young, and haven't really developed a sense of how to carry on a conversation. It will be a lot of me asking how they're doing, and any new things going on with them. All questions will be answered with abrupt yeses or nos, followed by an awkward pause where I wait for them to elaborate which never happens. I also always feel guilty for forgetting names, even though I know I shouldn't be, since I see almost 200 kids pass through a year. I will oddly remember names from very long ago, but not kid's names from like last year. I remember faces though. I like seeing how kids are doing, but I almost dread visits, because they end up being very awkward. Are visits from past students this way for you guys? Should I expect better conversations as they get into Junior and Senior year of High School (or graduate)?