Monday, June 27, 2011

Pausing Amid the Information Tidal Wave

So I am in Philly at a gathering where we are discussing the question - How do you incorporate thoughtful pauses, moments for contemplation and consideration, into your digital reading and writing lives?

This question is so important with the deluge of information coming at us in the digital age. As we move to a 1:1 school next year, I think it is imperative that we think about this question and have blocks of time where we have thoughtful pauses where we can reflect on connections we have made or ideas in which we would like to delve deeper.

Here is my answer to the question -

It is important for people to find a time of day or a place where they find they are able to be more reflective. Personally, I like to start my day with reflection and thinking about all of the things that are swirling in my head. It helps me set the tone for the day and be more productive. I find that days that I do not start with this pause are less productive.  It is important for people to figure out there best time/space for reflection. 

I have also found that I do not do well when I am by myself in at home. For some reason, I get more accomplished with my reflective writing when I am out in a busy place (i.e. Starbucks). This is such an important question to consider for our students. We need to help them structure this type of time in their lives as well and we need to realize that a typical classroom setting may not be that place. I am constantly thinking about the fact that we need to reconsider what learning spaces look like and that we should have more spaces around for learner to pause, reflect and gather their thoughts in order to move forward.

I would love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Interesting. Your post about finding time to pause and reflect, amidst our busy lives, full of fast technology made me think about my time in France. When I was in high school, I spent a summer over in France. I remember how my my host sister would take me to a cafe and we would just sit, relax and just talk with friends for like 4 hours! There was no rush to the pace of life over there. I think I will try to find time for reflection. Thank you.
    Mr. Chiocca, ELL Teacher, BHS

  2. AFter reading this blog, I became mindful of the DI course which I took in September 2009. We were encouraged to practice "wait time" in the classroom. After I asked the question, I allowed more time for the students to respond. There are tremendous benefits in this. I found that when wait time was increased, I got a broader scope of students volunteering to respond as well as students fully thinking it through and offering more evidence to support their answers. At first, I was reluctant to use it because I didn't want to waste time. On the contrary, I found that it sped up the whole process in reference to question and answer. My goal is to have all of the students participating and engaging in learning.