With the start of school, I find myself sitting in front of my computer planning my lessons and documenting my students’ learning. As I begin to use Google Docs more and more, multiple tabs remain open for the week as I complete the documentation of each learning experience in my classroom. I spend time in front of the computer after school, finishing my work and planning. I manipulate and create the documents on my screen with confidence and leave work at the end of the day satisfied with the tasks I have completed.
When I get home in the evenings, I find I cannot sit in front of my laptop’s screen. My body is tired of sitting in a chair; and my eyes are tired of the light emanating from the screen. After dinner, I look at another screen instead – the television screen. The story on the screen takes me to another time and place. My mind and body relaxes as I watch the lives of characters that have been created for my enjoyment. .
The result of cutting down computer screen time at home is that I am blogging less than before. I find I need time away from the keyboard not only because I want a physical rest from typing, but also because my inspiration has waned. Instead of thinking of stories and possible scenarios, I am thinking instead of the programme I am creating for my class and of the presentations I am expected to create for staff members as the new POR for our school.
I am hoping that inspiration will strike again – and be so strong that my desire to sit in front of the computer will increase. In the meantime, I enjoy the screen time that I am experiencing – and know that I look forward to watching some story-telling this evening.
Do you experience plenty of screen time during the day?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt is: screen)