Math = Love: Talk Of The School

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Talk Of The School

I've lately become the talk of the school.  Why?  My cell phone tally.  My school has a cell phone policy that allows students to have their phones out at lunch and during passing periods.  They are not allowed to have them out in class, though.

In the past, I've always just asked students to put their cell phones away whenever I saw them out.  Occasionally, I would take one away for the rest of the class period.  One of my new year resolutions, however, was to stop tolerating cell phones.  Most of my students can control their cell phone usage.  Most.  I've just gotten tired of not having my students' full attention when I am trying to teach.  It's disrespectful, and I deserve to be respected.  

If I catch a student with their cell phone out in class, I now confiscate the phone for the rest of the day and call the students' parents.  This is how I show my students that I mean business:

Cell Phone Confiscation Tally

Guess what?  I've become the talk of the school.  My students have made it their goal to know exactly whose cell phone is represented by each tally mark on the board.  I guess this is a result of teaching in a very small school.  Everybody knows everybody.  And, the students who get their phones taken away are typically very angry at me for it.  They'll tell almost anyone who will listen about how much they hate me for taking away their phone.  So, I guess it wouldn't really be that hard to know whose phone has been taken away.

I really do think that my being strict when it comes to cell phones has made my classes easier to manage.  I've still got a long way to go in the area of classroom management, but I'm making progress.

8 comments:

  1. Bravo! I heart "mean" teachers! Please keep us updated throughout the year of your Cell Phone Tally.

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  2. Awesome! Keep it up - consistency is key, and I find it really does reduce the overall incidence of behavior problems. My goal this semester is to consistently enforce the school tardy policy - I had a hard time keeping up with it last semester...wish me luck!

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    1. Thanks! I agree. Consistency is key. This is a lesson I'm learning the hard way!

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  3. Our policy is the same, except they are not allowed to have them out at all. They are taken up immediately and parents have to co me and get them!

    keep it up!!!

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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    1. It's good to know I'm not alone in this battle!

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  4. But what about using them as devices for learning purposes? We have a BYOD initiative at school this year, and students are allowed to bring their phone, tablet, or laptop into class to aid in educational opportunities. We have a rule that teachers determine when devices can be accessed, and at all other times, it's "screens down", so kids are distracted with any alerts they might receive. I have several opportunities a week in class that allow students to investigate something on their web browser or use an app, such as Desmos, in class.

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    1. BYOD is something my school is VERY far away from. Maybe someday. I can definitely see advantages to having students use apps such as Desmos in class! It just hasn't become a reality yet. When that becomes a possibility, I will have to revisit my policy.

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