We kid ourselves when we think we’re multitasking. Studies have now shown that, especially when media are involved, we’re getting less done with our time and wrecking our ability to do deep, creative work in the process. I finally admitted this over the course of the last year and have been detoxing ever since.
In my final post on reading, I delve into the most formative part of reading, which I call ruminating. I believe this sets our students up for the real work of creative and critical thinking, the ability to contemplate—impressive and elusive but also necessary in this age of Snapchat and the selfie.