As I left school of Friday at 6pm there were lists of things to get done before Monday morning, lesson plans to finalise, digital resources to source for the production, books to mark and as every teacher knows the list goes on. When I eventually got home I decided that of all of these things I would do none and was glad that I had left the iPad and laptop at school.
The only device I actually had was my iPhone and I actually came close to removing a few of the Apps that keep me connected, but chose to work on will power rather than banishment. I also decided that completely shutting off might be counterproductive, so I allowed 5 minutes each morning and evening to check my emails. From this quick email check I had one important email form a parent to follow up on, a request from a teacher to a link for a Google Doc which was sent in a quick DM and clicked publish on a guest post for the Global Classroom Project blog that I had written on Friday afternoon. In short one weekend was 5 minutes of school work, there was no morning in the classroom or evening with a pile of books and no collaborations through a Google Doc or twitter chats – it was fantastic and rejuvenating.
Here I am on a Monday morning with my week about to begin, a huge to do list, but a great feeling of satisfaction for a weekend well spent. Now I know that as teachers this is not a reality and our only real break from work comes in the summer, but I you are like me and connected a bit too much take time to stop and turn off – for an evening, a day or a weekend – and I believe that it will recharge you more than you can imagine.