The No-Tech-Tuesday Summer Challenge
At this year’s 7-8th grade Valediction, I challenged the 7th and 8th grade students to commit to NO screen time of any kind for each of the 11 Tuesdays this summer break. That started this week (Tuesday 6/13/17). With each No-Tech-Tuesday, students will experience life without the ever-present screen so integral to our modern life. To participate, please use the sign-up button!
Many students have told me that they intend to meet this Challenge, and parents have also expressed their support. I will participate in this Challenge as well. It is also great that students outside of the grades eligible for my $100 Challenge are participating in No-Tech-Tuesdays anyway, perhaps with their parents offering them $100.
All of us at Latin are excited to see how many students take the challenge, what they will do on Tuesdays, what is difficult or surprising to each student. We will follow up in the fall to hear how students do, so please encourage your children (and yourselves) to keep track of their experiences over the summer and at the start of the school year. One idea for what to do on those tech-free days is for students to write down what they are doing, thinking, or experiencing to share with all of us later.
Diana Smith, Principal
Student Sign Up
Please send us your name and grade if you are a Latin student and doing the challenge this summer.
Please contact Kate Cromwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.223.1111 x129.
The Rules of the Challenge
Principal Smith will award $100 to all 8-9th grade students (enrolled at Latin for 2017-18) who achieve the conditions outlined below!
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Can they unplug? A school principal will pay students to forgo screen time this summer. By Alejandra Matos, Washington Post, Friday, June 9, 2017 "...One educator in the nation’s capital wants to curb the tech deluge. "Diana Smith, principal at Washington Latin Public...read more