[nobe-l] I would welcome your thoughts on cell phone procedures

Judy Jones sonshines59 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 10 15:35:01 UTC 2017

Wow, I was recently talking with a sighted teacher friend of mine who is
having the exact same problem, and even went to a seminar on cell phone
classroom policy.  It's not just the blind teachers that get duped, sighted
ones do too, because these devices are so small, and in the course of the
instructional period, a teacher cannot have the eyes everywhere.  Your idea
sounds like something she is proposing.  Your student monitor would have to
be one that you can trust not to be bought off by the other students.  Plus
where the cell phones are kept would have to be in a place that can't be
accessed when your back is turned.

Best wishes.


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Subject: [nobe-l] I would welcome your thoughts on cell phone procedures

I know that we have discussed the challenge of dealing with cell phones in
classrooms, on previous threads.  My principal and I were having a
conversation this week, regarding this topic.  I mentioned to her that I am
considering a change in procedure, for next school year.
I continue to encounter students being on their cell phones, during
instructional time in class.  Quite often, they are off task with their
phones, texting, looking at videos, taking pictures, etc.
Obviously, they distract themselves and other students around them, with
this behavior.  Quite often, I am not aware that several students have their
phones out, despite the clear handbook prohibition against unauthorized cell
phone use.
With this in mind, I proposed to my principal that I am considering having
students place their phones in a secure location, at the front of the class,
when they enter the classroom.  They would collect their phone, at the end
of class.  I would likely nominate a student to be a monitor, to ensure that
the correct number of phones were placed in the container, and that students
were complying with the procedure.
Students who were caught with phones would leave class for the rest of the
What are your thoughts, regarding this procedure?  I teach juniors in high
school, and I'd like to think they would follow the student handbook and my
instructions that all phones are to be off and away, unless the teacher
authorizes their use.  The reality is that once students know that they can
take their phones out with a blind teacher, and that they will likely not
get caught, several students will do this, disrupting their learning, as
well as that of students around them, in many instances.
Thank you in advance.

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