When was the last time you that “zoned out?”
Unfortunately, many of us easily fall into the trap of picking up our phone to be entertained instead of having a moment to think or zone out. The smartphone and all of the apps are doing exactly what they were designed to do. Admittedly, I get sucked into the “vortex,” too. I try to focus my time online learning new things, reading, listening, etc. But I’m still on my phone, and still, the distraction device, ultimately, wins. It’s a weird way to use our downtime now. There’s been numerous evidence pointing to the importance of zoning out or daydreaming; letting our mind wander. Do we get enough time to just sit with our thoughts, observe, to notice new opportunities, to problem solve, or to be creative?
If you remember, share the last time you zoned out. Share how you have recently had the chance to daydream, to create something just for fun, or “waste time” devoid of technology.
Finally, I wonder if we shouldn’t be so quick to redirect a student staring out the window during a lesson. For all we know, he/she is listening and thinking deeply, but perhaps not about what we feel is important.