I wrote this blog a few years ago, but as we get to know a new set of parents, I hope it offers some helpful reminders on how to write and respond to tough emails. Recent years have taught us lessons about our cyber conversations:
- You can’t take back what you’ve written.
- Other people's first impressions of us are often through our writing.
- Our haste can cause us to suggest a tone or meaning we didn’t intend.
Educators aren’t immune to these oversights, especially as our inboxes are more crowded than ever. Beyond bullet points, you'll also find sample emails — because finding the right words for talking about behavior concerns, grades, or teaching practice is never easy.
As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how to handle these tough conversations
. I'm still learning and growing, too!