My teaching partner and I have a grade level website which we update daily. On it we have every subject we teach and include the lesson we have done that day, most times we include samples of student work and additional websites that the students can use to help supplement their learning. On top of this I usually email my parents on a monthly basis to discuss how their child is progressing both socially and academically. I do not do it in the months that report cards and going home. I also email or call anytime if I have a concern or if the student has done something well that day, that week, etc. I have called on Sunday mornings to tell parents how well their kid has done on an assignment. However it upset me when I overheard a parent talking and suggesting that teachers should be emailing parents weekly. Should I have been annoyed at that parent’s comment? I have 35 students in my homeroom class and another 34 in a grade 8 math class. How much time would it take me each week to email all of them? She suggested that the teacher could send a group email. To me if I am emailing you to talk about your child’s progress a group email is unacceptable. Have I sent whole class emails before? Yes, if I am addressing a whole class issue (or even a large number of students). But not to talk about individual social or academic progress. I do know some teachers who touch base with their student’s parents on a weekly basis but shouldn’t that be their choice? I know of a teacher at a private school who told me that they are expected to email or call each parent weekly so he does 4 or 5 students a night. When we entered this profession we knew it was a demanding one, so am I being unreasonable in thinking that this is an unreasonable request? Sometimes I think, the more we give the more people want. Are demands (or expectations) such as these turning our younger generation away from teaching? My daughter has said she would never become a teacher becomes of the amount of work she sees me doing and she is not prepared to put in the extremely long hours that I do. It saddened me a bit because I think she could be shutting out an opportunity to touch a number of lives in a positive way. (Please note that I’m not saying that this is the only way to do this.) Parents definitely need to be involved and know what is happening in their child’s classroom but how much communication is too much? How much time should we devote to keeping them informed? At any point are we allowed to switch off our teacher button? What are your thoughts on this?