[nobe-l] cell phones in the classroom

Domonique Lawless dlawless86 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 02:11:54 UTC 2015

I have not tried this myself however I have heard of some teachers who have their students place phones in a box upon entering the classroom. When the class is over they can retrieve their cell phones from the box. Depending on the school you are at or the students you have this might work. I hope you're able to find a solution that works for you. 

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> On Oct 17, 2015, at 10:59 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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