Learning to send a proper email is an essential skill for kids. Question: My kid's teacher encourages students to email him with questions. What's the etiquette for emailing a teacher? Answer
: Sending an email to a teacher isn't like emailing a friend. Here are some important dos and don'ts: Do:
- Use a proper salutation, correct grammar, and full sentences.
- Clearly state the purpose of the email (didn't understand the homework, forgot the field trip form, etc.).
- Save problems, complaints, and other issues for face-to-face discussion — that avoids a lot of drama
—Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media
- Be rude
- Overuse emoticons
- Attach long, elaborate email signatures with images, song quotes, etc.
- Click "reply all" and send superfluous messages to everybody in the class or community
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