Don’t Email Your Students from Starbucks

Or at a soccer game, or a meeting, or on your way to…iphone
Okay, you might want to work on your online course from a coffee shop – that’s fine. While replying to an email on your iPhone may result in prompt feedback, it’s got two big problems.
First, it’s likely that you don’t have time to give your student the attention she deserves. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve responded to in-the-moment, only to later find out that I missed misread the email.

Second, it’s a bad habit. I know that our devices now give us the option to multi-task, but the studies are showing us that multi-tasking is wearing away at our ability to focus.

Third, Are you setting a precedent? Will your students now expect more immediate responses from you? It’s impressive to get a reply back in 57 seconds, but it’s difficult to keep up with once you have set that kind of expectation.

Fourth, do you really want your class following you around everywhere? I love my students, but I’m not bringing their email to my daughter’s soccer game.

What’s Our Other Option?
Give email focused time. It’s that simple. Put it in your planner or calendar,  tell your students what kind of turn around time to expect, and devote regular time to it. This allows you to focus, giving your students the attention they need. It’s also more efficient; when you batch process email, you get more done.

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