Emails and Schools – How can we make this communication effective?
Communication between families, schools and peers has opened up a new world for educators in our schools. Although it is easy to maintain good communication links, there are some simple tips to keep the communication respectful and professional.
- Use the language of a professional – you are not necessarily writing to close friends
- Remember to keep private information just that – private. You can always call or meet in person if needed
- Keep to the message and make it simple so there are no misunderstandings
- Use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation – don’t be too informal
- Check that it will appear professional – choose your font carefully.
- Don’t write it all in capital letters
- Ensure your reader understands any abbreviations or symbols you might use
- Save the emoticons for your close friends
- Much of our direct communication with people is non-verbal, so beware of your tone when writing, and avoid the use of jokes, etc. – you don’t want people to misconstrue your meaning
- Junk mail is just that – don’t use it in your professional capacity when emailing
- Think about your emails, and if you want to learn more, search the internet for more great tips
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