I think we can all agree that the cocoon stage may not be pretty. It's rarely referred to when describing the beauty we see in the butterfly, but I'd argue that it's the most vital period of its life as it sets the stage for what it will become. Again, this is similar to what educators have been going through. We have been barraged with the unforeseen and, in some cases, unfortunate realities of remote instruction. For the butterfly, this phase is when it prepares to show and share what all that time spent inside was for. And it can be the same for us. The preparation or development stage isn't the finished product nor the performance that draws the "oohs and ahhs," but it's the beginning of what will. This season is shaping what our practices and pedagogy will look like in the future.