[nobe-l] cell phones in the classroom

Emily Michael emily.k.michael at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 16:04:28 UTC 2015

Hi Craig and all,

I have this problem with my college students. I have found one way of dealing with it, and it is by no means the best way. 

If I hear any kind of noise from unauthorized personal technology, I give the whole class a pop quiz. I usually only have to give one or two quizzes before everyone gets the message. 

My goal is to make the use of cell phones unpopular – not worth the risk. 

Emily K. Michael, M.A.
Adjunct Writing Instructor
emily.k.michael at gmail.com
Blog: http://areyouseeingthis.wordpress.com/

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> On Oct 17, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Craig Cooper via nobe-l <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Greetings,
> After six weeks in the classroom, in my first year of teaching in a
> public high school, my biggest classroom management challenge has been
> the inappropriate use of cell phones.  Most students observe the
> school's policy that all cell phones are to be out of sight during
> class, unless the teacher approves their use, for an academic purpose.
> If they are caught with their phone out, it is taken to the office,
> where they may retrieve it, at the end of the school day.  However, a
> few students have figured out that I will not know if they are using
> them, so they have them out, texting and such.  At times, I have an
> assistant in the classroom, which helps in identifying improper cell
> phone use.  However, I do not have another sighted adult in the
> classroom, during much of the day.
> Occasionally, I catch them, as there is a distinctive sound that a
> cell phone makes, when it is dropped onto the top of a student's desk.
> However, it is still difficult to quickly identify the offending
> student, in order to take his/her phone.
> If you have developed productive strategies for dealing with this
> obstacle to learning, would you please share them?
> Thank you so much.
> Craig Cooper
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