It’s difficult for all of us to fight the urge to check email, text messages, social networks, and/or app info on our cell phones, computers, and other digital devices. Schools often have rules against teachers making and answering personal calls while they are teaching, but do parents contribute to the problem for teachers?
Peter DeWitt in his Education Week article, “Do You Check Your School E-Mail Too Much”, reminds parents to recognize that teachers have lives outside of school and expecting instant answers can distract teachers from their jobs. We’ve talked about this before in this blog and in articles on this site. Make sure you are respectful of a teacher’s time when emailing and let them know when an instant answer is not necessary.