Email Shenanigans

monkey typingI find it amazing how informal or rude some of my students are when they send me an email. If I’m lucky they start out by saying “hey,” but some of them don’t even bother with that. They just hit the ground running and spout out whatever they planned to write without any introduction””sans spellcheck, of course.

I actually got one that started “hey sir.” At first I was a little insulted, but then I thought about it, and I figured the “sir” was meant to be reverent.

At least she didn’t say, “Hey shithead.”

Another girl needed to email me a list of sources she planned to use in a research paper, and the solitary line of text in the email stated, “here go mysources.” That’s all she wrote, and she wrote it just like that. First off, why the hell would you send an email to your WRITING teacher that contained words all smushed up like that? Second, where the devil are her sources going? She said, “Here go mysources,” which makes me think she opened some kind of source-cage and let the little critters run free.

And then I get the ones who don’t even bother to sign their names, as if we’re great buds and I’ll automatically know who they are.

I don’t know what the solution to this is. I guess I could email them back in the same form that they emailed me.

“studnt- yes paper is due; no i dont care you was sick!!! bring paper or no pass for u!!!”

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