Terice Schneider wishes she had trained students to use email appropriately BEFORE deploying iPads to 735 middle school students. Some of the comments argue that you shouldn’t have to train students to use email, but rather, that students will learn to use email appropriately while using it.
I think you are covering this, but just in case, you might find it helpful to give them a basic three part subject line, for example, whether it is personal or professional, which class it pertains to and what assignment or situation (if it is professional or personal, depending, and this may mean for personal, the name of a fellow student or professional, the name of the assignment)
We do this with our Creative Writers at my school when they submit for a variety of things, and it aids separating everything up. We also utilize gmail (every incoming student must create a gmail account that has their name in it, not something odd and overly personal, similar to the emails of teachers), and utilize the labeling system in there. Also, the Google Docs is helpful, because then we are able to put documents into collections and go almost entirely paperless. Just a thought, though y’all seem to have a system that works!
And lastly, try to clarify any assignment boundaries. In my school, students can often get away with a deadline if they don’t have it in class, by submitting the assignment through email by midnight that night and still receive full credit. Some teachers clarify at the start of the year that if the assignment is not in class, the assignment is late, while others are comfortable with receiving the assignment whenever on that day. Also, DO the teachers want a hard copy or a digital copy? Some students love typing and will send in their assignments entirely on the computer, which some teachers are fine with except for certain assignments. For example, my World History teacher banned the turning in of reviews for her tests because a student from a previous year typed the whole review on his computer, sent it to his friends, and it was soon passed around to almost the entire class, and the review was printed out by each student so they could receive credit, but none of the students actually bothered to study the review (needless to say, many of the students failed the test). In cases like that, a teacher may prefer hard, hand-written copies. Admittedly, this is middle school, but making this distinction would set a good preface for high school, so make that clear to them.
Can the students turn in their assignments EARLY via email? If they can, let them know, this may actually decrease late assignments because often, students complete the assignment on time, but fail to have it in class for a variety of reasons and if they could turn in the assignment as soon as they complete it, there may be an increase in on time assignments.
This is an awesome thing you are doing, and don’t be discouraged, systems take a little while to work all the kinks out!
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