30 Days of Social Connection | Day THIRTEEN: Email
Today’s Power Skill: Email
Today’s Power Skill is all about email! Email is one of those skills that can be elevated very quickly! It’s written more like a letter than a text. For years I was telling my students this without realizing, they had never written a letter. LOL. So below you will find 5 quick and easy ways to improve your email which will save your teachers time and make your questions / comments easier for them to respond to.
Email Tips and Tricks:
- When to Email: Make a list of all of your teachers office hours. Draft the email when you have the question and save as a draft until you send it during the beginning of your teacher’s office hours.
- Subject Line: When using the subject line, make sure that you are reflecting the subject of your email. Always be more specific as it will help mentally prepare your teacher / professior / boss for what they can expect from your message
- Understand Bcc & Cc: We use Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy): we want to include someone in our email but the recepient won’t know they are included in the message. We use Cc (Carbon Copy) when we include someone in the email and the recpient can see they are there. In both cases we are including someone just for them to see, but not respond to the email. One great way to use Cc:, is to include your parents in your teacher communication.
- Email as a letter vs. a text: Many times when we text, we don’t add correct punctuation and write our thoughts in one long paragraph. This is great for texting, but not easy to respond to. Especially because more often than not, we use email as a communication tool to get answers or share them. Here’s a very effective Email format that will help you connect with your teachers and help them respond to your questions quickly and efficiently
START WITH A GREETING LINE: Hello (never Hey), Mr. Smith, (SPACE)
FRIENDLY OPENER, (NOTE: don’t include a question as this gives him / her one more thing to answer and say something nice, they are working SO hard to help you): I hope you are having a nice day. I really appreciate all you are doing to help us keep up with your class!
BODY of THE EMAIL, Start with your reason for sending the email, followed by your questions in bulleted form. Especially if you have more than one question.
I am writing because I have a couple of questions about our Independent Reading Project:
- Has the due date changed with digital learning?
- May I work on the project now and turn it in as I go, or would you like everything all at once?
CLOSING always include your FIRST and LAST name + Class number:
Thank you, Mindy Lockard (period 2)
It would look like this:
Family Dinner Table Talk Questions / Conversation Starters:
- What do you appreciate in an email?
- Have you ever had an embarrassing email experience?
- How do you use the subject line?
Looking for an easy way to have your teens feel productive during the day? Here’s our Ten-a-Day sheet that teens can fill out. This chart includes five blank spots that your teen can fill in and five family responsibility “nudges” pre-written in to help give teens ownership and independence during these days that seem to run together… oy vey!
Printable: Leadership Academy 10 a Day
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