I found this great article on commonsensemedia.org about why multitasking matters. This may not apply so much right now because most of us are in the full swing of schedules, school, homework, and balancing life and extracurricular activities. But as a future educator, I found this article interesting. It pointed out signs that multitasking is overworking and stressing students.
It says that multitasking may be problem when:
- They are distracted from school work to the point where they can read the material then are not able to remember what they just read. Their retention for information is slim.
- Their grades drop. Homework is not finished on time, they perform at a lower level, etc.
- They are disorganized (or more disorganized for some) and slow to get things done.
- Social costs on a family relationship. Sometimes balancing the iphone, ipod, and friends can become hectic and setting time aside for family and conversation can be very important.
- Taking a longer time than usual to complete a task. When students have too much on their plate, their brain can be on overload and they just don’t absorb the information they need to perform tasks in a timely manner.
So as adults/parents/teachers (future teachers) we need to encourage kids to:
- Read more—get away from technology for a brief moment and focus on one task.
- Start good habits early—establish boundaries on tv, social media, or distractions during times when they are to be focusing on homework or family time.
As adults in their lives we also need to walk the walk if we are going to talk the talk. That means that when we get a text during dinner, we can’t check our phone either. We need to pay attention to signs that things are changing and connect the dots to help them unclutter their lives and focus on what is important.