Tampa English and AP History Tutor Unplugged

Posted on 16th January 2009 in Tampa Reading Tutor

I wanted to share with you the results of our experiment in my household to unplug ourselves from the cell phones, I-pods, and Internet for a day. We joke with one another that we all seem to go into our separate worlds most days. My wife tends to watch television, my step daughter to use the Internet or IM, and I to write a press release or do some online tutoring.

Setting aside Monday to unplug was a really good experience in our family. My wife and daughter played Scrabble. My daughter showed my wife some artwork that she had done. We spent more time talking and catching up. It is strange that the Internet, a thing we all suppose connects us, should also isolate us and reduce the amount of offline interaction we have.

Certainly the glorious power of the Internet to connect us cannot be denied. Tonight, I reconnected with a fraternity brother whom I have not seen for 20 years because he found me on Facebook. He sent me a picture that reminded me of some wonderful times I had as Sig Ep at Stetson University and the good people I came to know in those years.

I would invite you to try the same experiment that we have done. Why not shut off the TV? Why not disconnect from the Internet and spend some time together as a family? Do it one day a week and let me know how it works for you. I liked being unplugged so much, I’m looking forward to Monday night and actually hoping I don’t have to Tutor AP history in New Tampa or tutor English at all that day.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 1/16/2009 12:24 AM


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Tampa Tutor Tries an Unplugged Family Day

Posted on 5th January 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

I’m not sure this really falls into the realm of Tampa English tutoring, but I was having lunch with one of my wife’s uncles and he shared something they do at his house in Minnesota.

Every Monday and Tuesday, from the time his children come home from school, no one in the house is permitted to use any kind of electronic device. Everyone must unplug themselves from video games, telephones, I-pods, e-mail, and Internet.

Once the Earth resumes normal rotation…

They talk. They play cards. He originally did one day of being unplugged and then expanded it to two days a week. His kids voted for Monday and Tuesday so that they could ‘get it over with’, but he believes they have started to enjoy the family time almost as much as he does.

We just might kick off a hot game of cookie checkers. Photo by Oskay and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Only. Check out more Oskey's appetizing photos here.

We just might kick off a hot game of cookie checkers. Photo by Oskay and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Only. Check out more Oskey’s appetizing photos here.

There is some must see TV on Thursday nights at my house — House and ER for my wife — but we will find some other day and try it.

I am sure being detached from the phone and text messaging will be hard for our 15-year -old. I wonder how I will do without compulsively checking e-mails and a half day off the net. (It’s what I do when I’m not writing web copy or walking the Labrador..)

As school starts again, I am beginning to get calls to begin tutoring students again. Yippee!

Finally a call for some online tutoring help writing a short story. It has been hundreds of years since I took Dr. Raymond’s Creative Writing course at Stetson University, so it was fun to critique some fiction and offer some constructive tips for improvement.

At any rate, the Tampa Tutor is thrilled to get back to doing some tutoring in World History and AP English this week.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 1/5/2009 10:17 PM

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