Today is supposed to be a book review of chapters 5 and 6 of Daring Greatly. I haven't even read them (well, I read them a few months ago, but not this week). So, that is postponed. I'm in the fantastic IWP again today, and we're getting so much out of it, but it's really leaving me little energy to do new stuff, too.
Today, I wanted to begin to share about my inquiry work that I'm doing through IWP. I'm interested in achieving balance.
In all areas of my life, I want balance:
- Watching my caloric intake and also enjoying life and celebrations through the meals I share with others.
- Being a couch potato and getting the exercise that is so important for my mental and physical health.
- Balancing negative thoughts going on in my mind and turning it around to see positives.
- Stopping writing on my blog so I can go do some reading. (I'd choose this blog over virtually everything!)
- Doing the just right amount at work as to not burn myself out, and balancing that with the just right social calendar.
- Spending quiet time being an introvert and also getting out there to be with my family and friends, too.
- Using technology just enough so that I can document and share the important moments of my life but also being mindful of just living those small moments.
In this last category, I find myself off balance all the time. I'm always wired in. I'm always looking at a host of SM outlets: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin' and more, including Periscope, which I don't even know how that one works. I'm asking google stuff all the time (which has been done so much, it's now an acronym among my family and boyfriend - GTS - Google that *hit). I'm looking up music and videos and watching netflix and reading my friends' blogs and emailing and.....it's never ending.
I'm a digital immigrant, a 30-something, Master's level educated adult and I have problems with balance in this area, which gets me thinking about how we teach our kids and students about balance in this tech-savvy world.
When I began thinking about this, I ended up on this page, the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recommends kids under 2 have no screen time, and that children and teens have no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time. They say bedrooms should be screen-free and that the TV should be turned off when families sit down to eat.
I know all this, and I find myself breaking these rules all the time.
So what I want to know - what are the consequences of too much screen time? How can we help ourselves achieve balance and how can we teach that to our children and students? What's the just right amount of technology in classrooms?
I've been collecting some research, but need more time with it. It's a work in progress, but one that is important to me as I think about my health and well-being, and that of the people I work for, my students.
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