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!