We have raised a generation who sincerely believe if something doesn’t happen instantly then it is in fact “late”.
How can we break this trend?
I spoke with a group of college professors recently and the topic of student evaluations of teaching was a discussion topic (more blog posts on this later). The department policy is for the teacher to answer emails within 24-48 hours and most believe they do follow this general rule. However, the professors who followed this policy rather than answering students emails immediately received negative comments on their teaching evaluations by students stating they did not answer emails and/or were not available as needed.
It is worth noting some of these same students are chronically tardy and generally have the “just woke up” look at 2pm.
Also noteworthy is most of the email correspondence professors state they receive are questions already answered with readily available step-by-step assignment instructions or information provided in the syllabus or on the calendar.
Dealing with other human beings is much different from social media and video games. Contrary to popular belief among the young culture, teachers and professors are not all sitting in a circle at the college 24/7 eagerly awaiting their last-minute questions.
New research is showing more and more that we need work-life balance. Being constantly connected to technology is actually bad for your health.
This is a touch of common sense worth sharing.