Quote from Lori62
Personally, I would not email about a grade. He said you could email him if you were to be absent. That is a different. Imagine if the professor has 2 classes, each with 20 students, that is 40 emails if everyone wants their grade early. Most professors do not mind valid, important emails, but since you are asking for opinions, I would try not to think about it and wait until Saturday. You can do it, I am the same way with grades, I want to know now. However, it will be good practice for us to understand when a patient is waiting for lab results. You will be able to empathize with that patient.
I teach a class with about 60 students. I posted grades from a recent assignment just before class yesterday. During class, I explained the most common reasons for points being deducted -- very clear and specific reasons such as X number of points for work handed in late, X number of points off it you did not include ABC in the assignment, etc.
When I got home in the evening, I found about 10 e-mails from students wanting me to explain to them personally why I deducted the points I did. What's wrong with these people? I had to write responses such as. "You handed the assignment in 3 days late. If you check the grading criteria in the syllabus as I told you to do several times in class, you will see that there are points taken off for missing the deadline." "You did not answer one of the questions in the assignment: so, I took off points for that." etc. etc. etc. Very few (if any) of the points deducted involved judgment calls on my part. They were pretty black and white, objective failures to meet the criteria specified by the assignment.
What's wrong with these people! And this was an assignment for which the grades were relatively high! People who got B's were wanting me to justify their grades.
It took 5-10 minutes to answer each e-mail as I had to go back and look at their assignment to be able to justify my grade to them. The whole thing took a little over an hour of my supposed "free evening at home." I'm afraid to look at my e-mail this morning.
I welcome e-mails from students who have legitimate questions and problems that they need me to help solve. But that should not be taken as an invitation to expect to be catered to minute-by-minute throughout the class. Students need to not abuse e-mail and pester instructors. They need to keep the lines of communication free for important things.
Sorry for the rant -- but someone needs to speak up for harried, underpaid instructors. Most of teach because we care about the course and about the students. But students need to behave responsibly and avoid abusing their instructors with unnecessary special requests and hassles that they could (and should) resolve on their own.