Skip to main content

More than Phones and iPads Keep Them Awake!

The last two nights my 12-year-old daughter has been having a hard time falling asleep.  My husband and I thought that with two kids over the age of 8, we would be over the late night wake-ups...sadly they are back, and I hope they don't last.

Many people believe, and I am one of them, that keeping technology out of kids' bedrooms is a positive thing.  Absolutely.  That stimulus isn't there anymore and they won't be up late at night on their iPads or phones (my kids don't have phones yet).  Well, last night was night two of my daughter not being able to sleep, and her iPad doesn't go in her room.  Night one, she came to us, and we talked to her, calmed her down, and she was able to go back to bed and eventually fall asleep.  Last night, however, was a different story.  I had to go to her room and lay with her to help her to calm down.  She gets too overworked worrying that there is a bad reason why she can't get to sleep.


When I walked into her room, I was overwhelmed.  Of course, she can't sleep!  I walked into a glowing blue room from not just one, but FOUR extraneous lights she has going on!  In addition to that, she had her radio on.  I first shut off her blue lava lamp, then the light on her diffuser that was set to the blue mode (she knows blue can be calming).  Next, I walked over to an outlet in her room and unplugged a light that projects an image on the ceiling, and finally, I laid in bed with her and reached over to shut off the radio AND the light that she has on the radio that was set to BLUE, of course.  I settled into her bed in the hopes that she would be able to calm her mind, but it was my mind that was abuzz now as I couldn't believe how many sources of stimulation she had going on in her room!  Sure, it may appear to all be meant to calm her, but that blue glow was overwhelmingly bright, and the radio - a distraction.


We lay in darkness and I prayed she would fall asleep.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Visualization in an ELA Classroom Using AWWApp

A few months ago, I was browsing Twitter and noticed a tweet about this new application online that would enable you to use it as a whiteboard.  I was instantly curious, so I checked it out.  My initial thoughts were, “How cool is this!?”, and my thoughts soon turned to, “How can I use this?”

As quite a new user to awwapp.com, I am still learning all the ins and outs of it.  My first use was in a poetry class with grade 7s.  I had my students use ipads and awwapp.com to create concrete poetry.  We began by talking about one-word concrete poetry, and I showed them a few examples.  Next, it was their turn to try AWWApp.  I gave them a word like “rollercoaster” and they had to create a concrete poem on their ipads that gave meaning and form to the word “rollercoaster”.  We tried several words, each word students would get about one minute to create using AWWApp, and then they would have to hold up their ipads to share their creativity with the class.  This was just a simple, basic use for…

#Tor16 - Google Innovator Academy BOUND!

So this summer I had a goal.  I was going to apply to the Google Innovator Academy by the end of August.  As the deadline of August 30th got nearer, I still had one task to do to ensure I could apply - pass my Level 2 Google Educator test.

I scheduled my test for a cooler day on the weekend, so that I wouldn't miss out on any nice summer weather.  The day came and I had my husband take my kids out of the house so I could have peace and quiet in order to focus on my test.  He got them out for a solid 3 hours, perhaps it was even longer.  I was so nervous because I had taken the test blindly almost  a year ago, and didn't pass.  I then took it again this spring, but didn't pass - I scored a 78%.  Needing an 80% to pass, I knew I could do it, but got gun shy so put it off again.

Knowing the Innovator application deadline was at the end of August, it had to be done.  So there I sat alone in my home with my two laptops.  The test seemed to be going well.  When it came time to s…

Google Innovator Academy - I Found My Tribe

Well, one week ago I was just barely through the door at Google in Toronto.  My journey started like this...

I pulled up to the Calgary Airport so excited to be boarding a plane to go to the Google Innovator Academy.  As I sat and waited for the boarding call, I was texting with family, as they were wishing me good luck on my trip.  My mom, who lives in Saskatoon, texted me a picture of the snow they were getting dumped upon them in Saskatoon.  Funny that she should send me that when shortly after I hear an announcement about my flight being delayed because the captain who would be flying our plane (which was sitting at the gate) was flying in from Saskatoon and there was a weather delay.  Great.  An hour delay meant I would be pushing it to get to Google on time.  I didn't want to be THAT girl showing up late to the first day of Innovator Academy.

A few hours later, I was landing in Toronto and it was verging on 3:00pm.  The Academy began at 4.  I was grateful that I had only car…