"Tips for Maintaining Emotional Boundaries While Teaching" (post) "share[s] some ... concrete strategies ... to establish and enforce emotional boundaries when teaching."
- Each tip is developed more fully in the post.
1. "Schedule Email Time."
- "[D]edicate specific time to checking and answering emails, and limit [yourself] to these times."
- "[D]o not check [your] work email on the evenings or weekends."
2. "Allow for cool-down periods."
- "[P]lace a 24-hour embargo on student email on days when [you] return graded assignments as a cool-down period."
- "It makes space for people to feel angry or upset about the grade they received, but also enough space for them to calm down."
3. "Recognize that your time is precious."
- "[S]tick to [your] office hours pretty closely."
- "[S]chedule administrative tasks for specific blocks of time, setting aside the time you need to complete them without letting them take over your day."
4. "Create a buffer."
- "[P]rovide a list of resources for students in need of assistance right on the syllabus."
- "[I]nclud[e] such resources as the writing centre and advising, information on counselling services, Indigenous student resources, disability accommodation, sexual assault centres, and crisis lines."
- This allows you to "defer to the support systems outlined in the syllabus ... [so] students can get the help that they need from experts."
5. "Establish clear expectations."
- "[B]e clear about ... [your] boundaries ... right from the beginning of each course."
- "[L]et your students know about your email, office hours, and other policies."
6. "Set a defined endpoint of the day/week."
- "[S]e[t] a limit on how late [you] keep working."
- "[T]Iry to take off at least one full day on the weekend."
7." Maintain a life outside of work."
- "[O]utside pursuits ... are essential when it comes to maintaining strong emotional boundaries."
- "[I]f you have trouble finding time for these activities, try scheduling them!"
8. "Lean on your support network."