What should students know about sending email to a teacher?

Kids are pretty savvy when it comes to how to talk to teachers (and how talking to teachers is different from talking to friends). But when it comes to email, some kids could use reminders about proper etiquette. Here are some guidelines:

  • 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).
  • Save problems, complaints, and other issues for face-to-face discussion -- that avoids a lot of drama.
  • Avoid anything that might be considered rude (check the message over to make sure nothing could be misconstrued).
  • Don't overuse emoticons.
  • Avoid attaching long, elaborate email signatures with images, song quotes, and so on.
  • Don't reply all and send superfluous messages to everybody in the class or community.
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Adult written by Ken M.

Don't use slang, abbreviations that are only used on the internet such as "lol, cya, l8r". It's not that a teacher would be offended by that as much as it is not appropriate. You need to remember that your teachers may be kind and friendly, but they are not your friends. They aren't there to cover for you, and they still have to discipline you even if you are one of their favorite students. The point in saying that is, don't say anything you wouldn't want your parents to be reading at the next parent teacher conference, or say anything you wouldn't want them to share with another faculty member such as complaining about another teacher, etc. That is best handled by talking to the principal or a guidance counselor in person.
Kid, 11 years old

1. In fact, don't use emojis at all 2. Add a signature with your name at the end. ( By: name, from name) 3. Don't use photos unless they have to do with what your talking about. (Picture of homework)
Kid, 11 years old

Our computer teacher talked to us about that. He said to use proper grammar, sign your name, always include a subject, and don't bother the teacher after a certain time. For us, it's 6pm, but it really depends on the school. Also, the given, don't be innappropriate, and don't say anything you wouldn't say in person.
Adult written by mslemu

As an instructor at a community college and a teacher at a high school, I don't think emoticons would ever be appropriate in an email message to a teacher.