I have received numerous emails from students recently with different requests ranging from clarification of details to assistance with problems. It has caused me to reflect on it lately, about the unlimited access to teachers that students have these days. It is a bit of a dilemma, when I receive an email late or on a weekend, I want to reply so I can encourage my students and show them that what they are doing is important.
But, I also have to balance my own personal life, I have young children myself. Am I a good teacher or not because I respond to their emails? Am I spoon feeding them? Am I increasing my chance of burn out? I would love to hear what others think.