The other evening was Back to School Night and it's always kind of interesting to meet the parents after knowing their kids for a couple of weeks. Sometimes there are surprises, but generally it's nice to put a face to the moms and dads. As for myself, in the very short time we have, I try to give an overview of my course and leave them with a good impression along with my contact information.
The next morning, one of my students was insisting that he hates writing. I asked him to give our class some time to change his mind, and then I mentioned that I had met his parents the night before. He rolled his eyes and sighed. "I know," he told me. "My mom said she liked you."
"Uh oh," I answered. "I liked her too. Guess you're in trouble now."
He went back to his desk and started to write.