In this Education Week article, Connecticut educator Christopher Doyle worries that many educators are not taking very good care of themselves – not balancing the intense challenges of work with family, friends, love, sleep, vacations, exercise, good nutrition, emotional health, and civic engagement. “Like American society at large,” says Doyle, “ many of us are overworked, stretched thin financially, and torn between roles as spouses, parents, and employees… Not unlike other professionals devoted to nurture, such as doctors, teachers are measured – and measure themselves – against an idealized image of excellence that involves incessant work.”
Teachers occupy the middle to lower tiers of the American middle class – whose wages have been stagnant for some time.
Stressed, workaholic educators are not in the best position to help students achieve some kind of balance in their overscheduled lives.
Prioritize balance in the school schedule. This means building in time for teachers to prepare, think, meet with their colleagues, eat lunch, and pay an occasional visit to the bathroom. It’s also important not to burden teachers with unnecessary meetings.
We should show our students, through the examples of our own lives, that they can lead healthy, multifaceted existences and not be slaves to their careers.”
The more screen time teens have (up to 6.5 hours a day), the worse they perform academically.
noticing another student multitasking electronically harms the learning of the viewer.
Give students a minute at the beginning of class to check phones.
<!-- [if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Then have them silence their devices, put them face down on desks, and pay attention.
<!-- [if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Every 15 minutes, allow students to check their phones for a minute.
<!-- [if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Gradually increase the interval to 20, then 25, then 30 minutes.
<!-- [if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->If students violate the protocol, they forfeit the next phone break.
<!-- [if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Naturally there are times when phones can be used legitimately as part of a learning experience.
it’s unproductive to confiscate students’ phones; this can cause great anxiety and needless conflict.