Where’s a candle’s reset button?

My class this year is a tablet class. I don’t mean they all take Ritalin (only some); I’m referring to the surface RTs that they use and adore. Their own little “portal to the world” that also lets them send each other emails, record science data in excel and make power points of their leadership speeches.

Whenever these RTs play up- which happens a lot- a common phrase I hear myself saying is “just turn it off and turn it back on again.”

Now, as I lay in bed before 8 o’clock on Wednesday night, in week seven of a ten week term, I’m wishing my body worked like an RT and that I could take my own advice.

I’m exhausted! So where’s my reset button?

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 reset_21jan2009_0160 by Patrick Lauke on Flickr under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Some people “turn off” with alcohol, some with chocolate, some with a good night’s sleep. I enjoy watching mindless tv shows downloaded on my iPad. And reading stories about different people in different places and different times.

But there’s still a part of my brain that’s thinking about the certificates I need to print tomorrow and the lesson next week that my colleagues will observe and give me feedback on. I’m thinking about how I can help my year fives understand how to be more persuasive in their writing before NAPLAN, and I’m making a mental note to get the pool shed key before playground duty tomorrow so we can play water polo when I take my class swimming.

It seems like so long ago now that I was travelling around the States. No responsibility, no accountability, a reset that lasted weeks.

How do you “turn off and turn back on again?”

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