Monday, August 2, 2010

Administrate Like It's 1989

I often wonder what it was like to be an educator over 20 years ago when you did not have email. Email is often a great way to communicate when you have a quick question or you have to communicate some quick information. However, how many times have you written back and forth with someone when a quick phone call or a walk down the hallway would have saved time? On the surface, it seems like email and other forms of digital communication save us time, but sometimes a quick phone call or a short walk is more efficient then multiple email replies. If you need to reply to an email or communicate with a colleague, a short conversation may be more effective than an email. Give it a try sometime. When you get an email that needs a response, and the sender is outside your building, pick up the phone and give them a call. If the sender is in your building, take a few steps outside your office and visit them in the classroom. It might end up saving you just a little bit of time.


  1. It does seem like e-mail to some is a way to send a message you won't go over well face-to-face. We have to have the courage to confront people instead of hiding behind an e-mail.

    On the other hand, sometimes, especially with long-winded people, it's better to send an e-mail than to get stuck in a meaningless, seemingly never ending conversation!

  2. I love this. So important to remember the face-to-face time is vital in developing a strong organization. Need to remember this more.