Always present your best side
Let's take a closer look at a few simple rules
Remember even private emails are public. FERPA precludes teachers from divulging personal student data
Do not use CC if sending to more than one person
Be concise and to the point. More is less - tone, intent, and meaning are often confounded in long, wordy emails. Do not make an e-mail longer than it needs to be.
Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation
Use appropriate spacing and emphasis
Do not overuse the high priority option
Do not use CAPITALS for an entire email
Don't leave out the message thread
Read the email before you send it
Use abbreviations and emoticons sparingly
So what does this mean?
Acceptable Use of Parent Communication
- E-mail should be used for general information such as; class activities, curriculum, assignments, tests, deadlines and special events
- To arrange for a meeting/telephone call regarding a student issue
- Follow-up on an issue that has previously been discussed
Unacceptable Use of Parent Communication
E-mail should not include:
- Any discussion related to other students
- Personal information about other students
- Specifics about a sensitive student issue which was not initiated by the parent or had not previously been discussed with the parent
- Any discussion related to other staff
- Any sensitive student information that would normally be discussed face-to-face or by phone
"Should Teachers and Students be Facebook Friends?"
- People DO worry about becoming friends with bosses, coworkers, students, teachers, etc.
- When asked if they were friends with their teachers, many students said, "it depends on the teacher"
- There are pros and cons with teachers "friending" students
- Pro: keep in contact with students outside of school, establish and nurture better relationships, teachers are seen as human, opportunity to learn what happens on Facebook doesn't stay on Facebook, it is real life, teachers can be positive Facebook role models
- Con: harassment and other uncomfortable and negative situations can occur, power inequities exist
- There is a need for digital citizenship training for teachers and students
- School, teachers, students, and parents all need to keep the dialogue going
Consider HOW you use social media and the lessons you are teaching!