Certainly Not had a great response. Can you give us a couple of
examples of your email questions to your principal?
On 10/29/13, Certainly not wrote:
> I am a principal and I will tell you that in any given day I
> may have 75-100 emails to answer. First priority is anything
> sent by a central office administrator (let's be honest - I
> like my job and want to keep it). Secondly I answer parents.
> Some of those emails require full investigations.
> At the same time, I am having students delivered to me who
> fought on the playground or were defiant to their teachers -
> those require investigations and consequences to be assigned.
> I have to talk to all involved.
> Next I have teachers with major concerns and those with minor
> ones. I try to address the majors first which means I don't
> always get to the minors.
> In the middle of that I am handling recess issues,
> transportation issues, building issues, complaints
> from "neighbors" to the school, Board members (I stop
> everything when they visit), teacher evaluations, IEP
> meetings...the list goes on and on
> If I had a teacher who was upset or offended that I didn't
> answer an email, I would probably just tell them that I am
> sorry and to please feel free to bug me. Have you tried
> talking to your supervisor?
> There are some emails I don't answer because: 1. I have
> already answered the question in a previous email.
> 2. I have had so many emails on the same topic from the same
> person that I figure that it would be much easier to have a
> 3. My answer is complex and I figure that it would be much
> easier to have a conversation.
> 4. I don't trust you and think you might forward my email
> without permission.
> 5. It just annoys me (I'm being real here)...for example if a
> teacher points out a problem with the schedule I have tried to
> fix for 7 days straight and I put out an email with the
> words "final schedule" and then they email me with a schedule
> concern which is more about their own personal preference and
> is not really a problem, I do sometimes just ignore it.
> Are your emails about something your principal already
> discussed with you? Do you already know the answer or can you
> find out from someone else?
> Try to think outside the box. I would be concerned about a
> teacher who took things personally that weren't personal like
> not returning an email.
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