Every now and then, though, I welcome this mode of communication. This time of year – a week or two before lessons resume – I need to confirm scheduling with everyone. In years past, that meant a phone call to each and every student – extra calls when I had to make the inevitable tweaks. And I dreaded making all those phone calls way more than I dread a pile of e-mails.
One year I didn’t bother calling anyone to confirm – I assumed that what I had set in May held true at the end of August. I was horribly surprised when lessons started and a number of students didn’t show up. They had changed their minds and never let me know. That was nasty. The spots could have been filled with others.
So I thank the heavens above for being able to do all this in one electronic fell swoop. The schedule has been sent out – and I can just sit back and wait for that Inbox to overflow with replies. What a life!