Discussion in 'General Education' started by Tasha, Jul 2, 2008.
Jul 2, 2008
I am curious how many people can and do check their school e-mail from home.
I check mine everyday...even in the summer. I also just set it up on my Blackberry.:up:
Yup, we have a webmail page where we can access it. It's a little different than when we're on the network. I check it almost every day, but I try to have some days where I don't check it at all (weekends, especially).
I check mine frequently, but I don't respond to parents or students via email except on contracted time. I don't want them to know that I access my email at home because I don't want them to feel like they can and should be allowed to have access to me 24/7.
My laptop automatically checks it through entourage when I am connected to the internet.
I check it frequently, even now during the summer.
I always check mine when I've got a sub . . . just to get all the memos of the day so I don't feel so lost when I go back.
I'll also check it from time to time during the summer because the principal sends us stuff sometimes.
I don't, however, even answer any parents from that email after school hours.
I"m bad..I never check my school email for the middle school (and that's the school I answered the poll for), however, my college email..that's a whole nother ball of wax.
I am like Cassie753.
I can check at home and I do every evening during the school year. I mostly do it because I don't like surprises and don't want to be broadsided with something when walking into the classroom each morning since I usually have a lot on my mind already.
In the summer I check it about once a week.
I check it at home just to see what's going on, and, like NCP, to avoid surprises.
We have access both at school and home. I check it often... probably too often. But like the others said, I don't like surprises. Also, we currently have no principal, and I check to see if maybe we have one yet.
I usually check mine once a night after I've gotten home from school. There's rarely anything new going on since I left, mainly since I leave several hours after most teachers have gone home.
I check mine off any computer available. Its on an online webpage for the district.
I check mine often. I tend to respond to parent emails right away, simply because I don't want to forget. Since I give out my home phone number, I don't mind answering emails after hours. Emails are much more convenient than phone calls. I can answer them when it is convenient for me.
I check it everyday. I have it set up through Outlook but we can also access it through webmail. Our school doesn't use it very often as they still put out paper memos (such a waste of paper) but the district uses it for all announcements.
I was able to ...in '07-08, I did check it quite a bit, I added events with reminders, too. We also checked our school calendar daily...
I am sure I will check mine again this year....I am usually online anyway. I didn't have too many parent emails, but if I get them, I will not email after hours. I hope...:unsure:
I check mine nightly during the school year, I have parents that email during the evening hours. I also like to make sure I know what is going on for the next day. I use it more than I use my yahoo email. Now that it is summer I log on about four times a day and there is always something from someone.
Now here is what I hate. Once in a great while I'll have parents email me DURING the school day, about something that has to be done...DURING the same school day. Like -- at 2:30pm, they'll email and say "Please tell Lulu not to ride the bus home today and to wait for me in the office -- I'll come by and pick her up for a doctor's appointment." Do they really think I have time during class to read my email (when I am supposed to be teaching?) Of course, I don't see it , and Lulu gets on the bus! Well, duh! I tell them over and over they should call the main office for emergencies like that.
I have parents that do that. I try to make a point to glance at my email several times throughout the day just in case I have an email like this in my inbox. I wish they'd realize that I do have a job and it doesn't afford me the luxury to sit at a computer all day and respond to their emails immediately.
I check my e-mail from home daily as well. Few parents have e-mailed after school and I usually respond when I read it. During school I leave my screen on my e-mail so that I can see when I have a new e-mail and check it when I have a minute. The school frequently sends us e-mails during the school day with information that we need on the same school say instead of an announcement. I prefer leaving the e-mail screen up to being interrupted 10 times a day!
During the school year, I don't usually check my school mail after I leave for the day. However, during the summer, I check it from home every day.
During school hours, I try to check each morning when I arrive, during my prep, at lunch, and after school. Sometimes, I'm too busy during prep and lunch.
I'm like NCP. I can check from home. I hate surprises.
Jul 3, 2008
I can and do check from home. During the school year I check once in the evening and once again first thing in the morning, before I leave home. My principal and vice-principal often send emails late at night and I like to know about them as soon as possible. During school, I check at recess and lunch.
I check my work email every day with my other personal email accounts.
I check my school e-mail every day from home. There is usually something.
Yesterday I had an e-mail from one of my students (I had her in 2nd and 3rd) telling me that they had moved to Savannah and that she missed me. It was really sweet. I answered her back and asked her how I would make it this year w/o my assistant. (she liked to help with the kids who were lower and she did an awesome job of "re-explaining" things)
Ditto here During the school year I don't check it once I leave the building, but during the summer I check it frequently. Our district is trying to go "paperless" so we get tons of e-mails, sometimes upwards of 40 or more per day. I never respond to parents after contract hours.
Note that some email clients (such as Outlook) will allow you to schedule when an email gets sent out. This means you could, if you want, write an email at 10:30 pm but schedule it to go out at 7:13 am the next morning, when you're at school (even if you're not). This might alleviate some of the potential problems of parents thinking they've always got you on a leash while still allowing you to schedule your time.
You might also set up an automated response (essentially, turn your out-of-office message on) with a message that you'll read their email as soon as possible, but that if it's an emergency they should call the office (to nudge them along a bit, you might put in that it's possible that you're either busy teaching or out for the day, in which case the soonest you'd get to their email would be the next day).
I don't think the teachers in my school district check their emails ery often at all -- I think I sent one email to one once and didn't get a response until over a week later. They don't really advertise that they even have email addresses, so I don't blame her too much for the slow response, but I wish it were a more email-friendly culture.
I wish my collegues checked it as much as I check mine. It's crazy not to be able to correspond with people over the summer unless you call them. But, I can entirely understand why they don't.
We don't use it for much school communication. The only thing I get is workshop offers. I check it about once a week.
This is one part of the school day I don't bring home with me. I always got personal e-mail addresses of teachers I wanted to write during the summer (although I don't ever remember there being any) from my elementary school. At my last school, they didn't even tell us we HAD school e-mail (this was San Francisco Public Schools, people). All year, I had no contact with anyone from central office, as our principal just used our personal e-mails (hmmm... wonder if that was so we couldn't report what was going on....). This next year I'm at a private school, and we all use our private e-mails as well.
If your school district is like mine, we have spam filters with very high filter settings and almost every yahoo email address goes into spam. I do get a spam email everyday with about 20 emails in it with some of the most vulgar subject lines. I tell my parents and students at the beginning of the year they must put their name in the subject line if they want me to recieve their emails. I know MANY teachers in my building that simply delete the spam email everyday without checking through it first. Maybe this is what happend to your email
I have my work email forwarded to my home email. I just have to remember if I am responding to a parent to then to go to my work email, which we can access from the web, and respond from there.
I had one parent who expected an immediate response in the morning. Heaven help me if I got ready for the day! She would usually call me, before school started to get the answer to her email if I hadn't responded. Good thing she was one of the helpful parents!
Once they were going to require staff to check email from home.
That ended as soon as it was asked if they would provide a computer and internet service.
At my school, you can't access your personal email -- such as yahoo, hotmail, or aol, at school. Those sites are totally blocked. The nice thing about my school email is I can send reminders to myself about things -- either to or from my personal account.
"Don't have a school email account" was not an option. I used to have one. But I had the tech department cancel it because they gave everyone the same password and no means to change it. And they distributed the password to the entire district on the front page of handout called "how to log on to you're district email account." The handouts were placed in our boxes. Mostly by upper grade students.
Anyway, I didn't want my name attached to such an un-secure system, so I talked our tech guy into removing my account.
Even though we have school email, our district still communicates through good old paper memos. I know that some principals like for lesson plans to be emailed to them, but our principal doesn't. We have to turn in a binder with lesson plans typed/written out.
In terms of memos, our school is entirely paperless -- no paper memos at all. Even the curriculum guides are on the computer.. BUT... they won't allow us to just put our lesson plans on the computer. They have to be printed out and in a binder on our desk. Isn't that ridiculous?
Not entirely... at least from my point of view, those lesson plans are used by a sub if I should get sick. It does them no good if it's on my laptop, or even on the computer in my classroom that is password protected.
Maybe you have a different system, but under our system, I print out all lesson plans specifically for that reason.
We can access our school e-mail our school board website. We are required to check it every day during the school year, so I am in the habit of checking it often. However, the computers in my classroom are out of date and will not open the e-mail using the new program they designed for our e-mail. I have to go to the office just to check my school e-mail (unless it's forwarded to my personal account ).
We don't have laptops, and subs have a universal password that will let them use any school networked computer throught the entire city -- it is how they access their SubFinder. We can't password our individual computers -- that feature is disabled.
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