A few weeks ago during lunch, some coworkers and I were sharing stories of email troubles, text or picture messages being sent to the wrong recipient*, and other times that either technology or our brains have really let us down. It occurred to me during our lunch time that I had not yet shared this story with you.
I had been in an email thread for most of the morning with my team talking about the lesson plans for the next two weeks. To keep everyone in the loop, I had gotten in the habit of using the “Reply All” button when answering questions.
Reply All! The literature book actually has tons of great short plays! Send!
Reply All! Here are my guesses based on our state's withholding attitude towards state testing! Send!
Reply All! Nope! Send!
Then, I got another email from a staff member (who is incidentally one of my favorite humans) asking how we planned to address interventions for our weakest standards in the weeks leading up to the state standardized test so that she could put the information on a parent letter home. Thinking it was still just my team and me who were sent the email, I hit “Reply All” with:
A few minutes later, I got an email back from an ADMINISTRATOR that said
First, I grabbed my hair and said most of the bad words I know. Then I laughed. Then I said more bad words. Then I frantically wrote an email back (and replied all) apologizing for my idiocy. My administrator wrote back and said she had experienced much, much worse accidental “Reply All’s. I would kill to know what they were.
Have you ever accidentally sent a bad email? Tell me immediately so that I can laugh at/with you.
*The picture message conversation, as I’m sure you can imagine, was HILARIOUS.