My brain does not like shutting off, so my day begins with a search for my air pods which I used to play a podcast the night before.
I pick up on the podcast at whichever point I fell asleep as I hurry to get ready before my son wakes up. If I have time I do a quick check on Edsby to see if a student or parent messaged me through the night, if I don’t I’ll check at school. I also do a quick check of the messenger group chat for my staff. Staff will post supervision requests, the odd traffic update, or just general communication. At one point this chat was just for “Choir Practice,” actual work has pushed this aside for the most part.
Arriving at school I check my work email and Edsby, I then open any digital lessons I will need throughout the day. For example I typically have a smartboard lesson for math and often use a power point for science. As students arrive I use Edsby to submit attendance, doing so again after lunch.
As the day progresses I close tabs as assignments are written on the board. When I have prep these assignments are posted on Edsby for parents and students to reference. At this point I may respond to any messages sent during the day. If my marking isn’t too overwhelming I’ll use the remaining time for lesson prepping, typically typing out day plan notes and preparing any slideshows I need.
During downtime I check on the app my son’s daycare uses to see what he is up to or respond to any texts my wife may have sent. The middle year’s teachers on my floor also have a messenger group to pass along any information or informal messages, depending on the time dependency I will reply when I have time.
As the school day winds down I check my texts one more time, then head out for the day. Arriving home I’d like to say I take a break, but as I cook I put on Spotify or a Youtube video, only going off when my wife and son arrive.
This is where tech takes a break and for a few short hours we focus on each other….unless my son begs for a “show.” When my son goes to sleep, the computer comes out again to finish prep, work on assignments and input marks. We use Alexa to turn off the lights and I reach for my air pods to listen to a podcast and quiet my brain.
As I write how integrated technology is in every aspect of my career and life….maybe there is a reason my brain won’t stay quiet.