I have a bad habit. And that is I am constantly checking my email. What makes it worse is if I receive an email from one of my students, I want to respond to it right away. Is that a bad thing?
It’s Sunday morning. Is it wrong that I want to check my email? Beth and I do our best to unplug from work on Sundays. We typically work five-and-a-half days a week, and sometimes six. So we make a conscious effort to take time off on Sunday to relax and do something else besides work. Even so, I am often tempted to check my email.
I am always meeting new people and striking up a conversation, and it always comes to “What do you do for a living?” When I answer that I teach online as an adjunct instructor at a couple of different universities, the next question is, “Oh, do you teach at the local university?” “No” I reply, “I teach online classes.” I often get the response of “Oh, I could never do that. I have to be in a classroom.” Or worse, sometimes I get a different reaction.
I had no idea who the student was or what class he was in. I searched through the grading rosters of my courses looking for his name but did not find it. So, part of my response to him was to ask him to tell me what class he is in because I could not find his name on my roster.
As I carefully composed my grading comments and email explaining why I posted a zero for the assignment, I kept asking myself what could I have done to prevent this. I looked back on their previous work, some of which was in preparation for the final assignment, and in both cases, the draft submitted the week prior was very sketchy and lacked detail.