Every once in a while, I get students who never read the announcements and ignore my emails. That is a very poor idea. Why? Because I explain things that you need to know in those missives.
If you need an extra bit of information to complete an assignment, it will be there. If students are having trouble locating an article or need help with their APA formatting, it will be contained therein.
Yes, I have one school that asks me to post an announcement twice a week. Yes, I understand that you have two or three classes and, if all the instructors are posting as they should, that will mean four to six announcements you need to read each week.
The good news is that my announcements are relatively brief. More good news is that they contain information you may need, in order to get the highest grade possible.
Funny thing is, I posted some APA formatting information two weeks ago and I could tell, by the essays turned in, exactly who had read the announcement and who hadn’t. Since I had already given the class the information they needed for great success, those who didn’t pay attention got substantially lower grades than they would have otherwise, simply because they did not read the announcement. Food for thought.