Emailed The Wrong Student


I emailed the wrong student about her absences. The student I emailed wasn’t absent. I feel deep shame, embarrassment and worry. Here are my models. Any suggestions on moving through these?

Unintentional Models:

C Emailed the wrong student
T I’m a bad professor
F Embarrassed
A Stew in embarrassment
R Spend time berating myself instead of moving forward with my professor duties

C Emailed the wrong student
T She’s going to think I don’t know who she is
F Worry
A Spiral in worry
R Spend time berating myself and worrying about a bad review at the semester’s end

C Emailed the wrong student
T This is proof that I’m not where I need to be
F Disempowered
A Think about all the reasons I shouldn’t be a professor
R Don’t move forward with my work

C Emailed the wrong student
T I should have been more careful
F Shame
A Stew in shame
R Berate myself for not being careful

Intentional Model

C Emailed the wrong student
T I made a mistake and that’s OK
F Embarrassed
A Apologize to the student
R Apologize again in person and be more careful next time