When Do You Reply to Emails?

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  1. Ms. I

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    Just out of curiosity, when do you reply to emails at home & at work?

    I'm literally on the computer daily at home & just about daily at work, so I reply back pretty fast...anywhere from minutes to later that day. If I don't reply back for days, it's because I'm intentionally not replying right away. This is pertaining to certain personal emails.
     
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    School email I check and respond first thing in morning, at lunch time, during my prep period and right after school.
     
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    This.
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    I check my email for work all the time. I only reply during contract hours, though.

    I really don't get much personal email anymore. I get it all through Facebook messages.
     
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    I keep my school email open at all times during the school day. We frequently get messages from admin throughout the day and are expected to read the messages ASAP. I check it during my prep periods, passing periods, and any time I am at my desk. I reply to school emails either as soon as I read the message (if it's an easy response) or during my prep period (if it's something that requires research or an in-depth, thoughtful response). I do often check my school email outside of contract hours, but I usually don't respond until I'm back at school. (I like to check my school email in the evenings and on weekends because I don't like to be blindsided in the morning at school.)

    I rarely check my private email, usually because people don't really email me. Most people who want to get in touch with me know that texting me or sending me a message through Facebook are the best and quickest ways to reach me.
     
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    I usually respond to school emails after school. My planning period is the very first thing in the morning and often we just haven't gotten many e-mails yet. I only get 30 minutes for lunch (20 by the time I drop off the kids, use the restroom, and get out of my food), and I eat in the staff lounge so I can talk to other teachers during this time. I have been leaving right after contract time to get a workout in (won't go if I wait too late) so that really only leaves after school. Luckily my school just does not send very many e-mails. I don't know if it's different b/c of the school or the job, but when I taught sped I'd get 25 e-mails a day easily. Now I might get 2-3 and most of them are just schedule updates or general announcements from the P that I don't have to respond to.

    ETA: My personal e-mail comes to my phone. The only e-mails I get that really require a response are from my parents, which I answer within a day or two. I refuse to have my work e-mail on my phone. I don't need to be THAT connected to work and sometimes I need a true "break." I purposely don't check school e-mails until Sunday night on weekends.
     
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    My phone is synched to the District's email, documents, and calendar through Google. As a result, all emails, changes in schedule, appointments, meetings, meeting requests, etc come to my phone in real time, 24/7. I can respond to any of those in the same fashion. As others have mentioned, some emails require a timely response, others will get deferred until after school.

    All my personal emails are also synched to the phone, but I don't read or respond to them during the school hours (different account on the phone, easy to distinguish).
     
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    All the time. I get email on my phone so I'm pretty good about emailing right back.
     
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    This is what I do.

    My school email does come to my phone, so I do check at home as well, but I don't always respond.
     
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    We don't have a calling tree to let us know that school is closed. Our P sends us an email. That is the main reason my work email is connected to my phone. I wouldn't have known it was posted on TV that we didn't have school today. By that time, I would have been showered & dressed.
     
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    We have a 24 hour rule for responding to parent and student emails. If I get an email that is going to be particularly difficult to answer without emotions coming through, I reply on the upper end of the 24 hours.
     
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    For personal emails, I check and respond throughout the day as long as I'm not at work or in class. I'm usually near either my phone or a computer. I'm just starting a new position and I'm not sure it'll involve a significant number of emails, but I doubt it.
     
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    I usually read them quickly when I get into school but might not be able to respond to them right away unless it's extremely urgent. I don't get planning or lunch periods so I just get to them when I can.
     
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    I leave my work email (Outlook) opened throughout the day and there's a little "alert" that goes off as soon as I receive a new email. If I'm not in the middle of a lesson, I run over to my computer as soon as I hear the alert, but if the reply is going to take more than a minute or so, I wait to respond during recess or lunch. At times, my principal sends us FYIs, so there's no need for me to write a response.

    I also check my work email at home and on the weekends.

    One day last month, my principal and vice-principal were both ill and I needed to step in and cover for them. My principal emailed me at 11pm and I quickly typed up sub plans because I would be needed in the office all day long the following day.
     
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    I check mine throughout the day. Since my planning is first thing in the day, I sometimes get emails from admin I need to know about. Plus, the intercom in my trailer is broken, so I don't want to miss anything (like for example when admin emailed everyone to let us know the 3 hour snow release had been changed to a 4 the other day. I didn't hear the intercom message!) If I can reply in 30 seconds I will. Otherwise I do it after school.
     

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