#SOL2015 7/31 Focus – the great media pull

Slice of Life logoI am just like so many children you find in your classroom. My attention wanders and when I get stuck I just go to other tasks. I am almost always busy but not always with the right thing. So much to do and I am just spinning!

No, not like the kid that is really spinning. I am just spinning in my mind. I have set so many tasks to do and am having trouble getting started. The I pad with its books to read, internet to search and social media to explore keeps side tracking me. The great media pull. I sit and surf the web, play a game, check e-mail and then feel upset that the piles of projects around me are still there. Why are they not getting done?!

I realize I am not as productive as I was. It seems to take so much longer to complete projects and I was not sure why. I have been watching my behavior over the last few days and it is indeed these wonderful little computers we have hidden in our pockets and tucked in the backpack. There is always a screen not far away with wonderful things to explore.

I get why our students are not reading deeply, not spending time out and about. It is the pull of the little box. I thought I was beyond that. I was in control – ok so I am not.

The little boxes are getting plugged in away from where I am working today.

I have decided that I will have a set time this weekend where I can check my phone or i pad but the rest of the weekend will be screen free.  (I will write my post tomorrow however!)

Let’s see what I can get done when I step back into the real world!


About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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6 Responses to #SOL2015 7/31 Focus – the great media pull

  1. rissable says:

    I too find the distractions of my devices overwhelming and leaving many tasks unfinished around my house.

  2. I love that you set this goal for yourself. Like children, we can get pulled into the many devices available in today’s world. Stay strong-the rewards will be great.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Nice post! I think we all feel this way at times.

  4. rosecappelli says:

    I can relate to this! I like the idea of planning for some screen free time. Perhaps it should be a part of everyone’s daily schedule!

  5. bennisbuzz says:

    I so get it! The winter has kept us inside and screen time has increased. You’ve inspired me to get up and put it all away. Guess I won’t be entering the contest for the most comments. 😉 Happy Away from the Screen Day! D 🙂

  6. Tara Smith says:

    Bravo for you – enjoy the time away from the screen!

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