Wednesday, April 02, 2008
When your parents are in town...
Do you invite them to attend your classes?
My parents are here, all the way from Israel, until the end of Passover. When I was little, I used to enjoy sitting in my mom's psychology lectures and hanging out in my father's research lab. But up until now, the thought of them sitting in one of my lectures has given me the chills. I actually would rather take them down to the famous Black's beach than have them in a front or back row. But I am loosening up on the issue. Recently, I have brought my folks to a faculty workshop (where I only introduced the speaker) and several other work events/dinners. (I do plan to take them to Black's by the way, because it's simply a stunning beach and we were raised well.)
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My late father-in-law (a long-time medical academic with an abiding interest in law and public policy) sat in on one of my civ pro classes on what turned out to be his last trip to visit us in Miami. I doubt he had a clue what we were talking about (it was Joinder day). But he genuinely seemed to enjoy the class, particularly the give-and-take between the students and me. And I can honestly say: I was more nervous before that class than before most of the classroom visits for my promotion.
Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Apr 2, 2008 11:42:43 PM
My parents sat in on one of my classes; they loved it. Definitely a fun thing to share, as parents won't be around forever to see what you do with your day.
Posted by: Anon Prof | Apr 2, 2008 11:51:39 PM
I don't "invite" them to sit in on my class, but I do "grudgingly allow" them....
Posted by: Scott Moss | Apr 3, 2008 11:29:47 AM
I recently had not only my sister and brother-in-law (who are both lawyers, albeit Canadian ones) sit through one of my recent legal ethics classes, but also their kids, who are six and eight. The six-year-old made it through 50 minutes of the class quietly before leaving (again quietly) to do something else, and she didn't even have an internet connection. She is now the standard my regular students have to meet.
Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Apr 3, 2008 12:25:50 PM