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Posted on March 2, 2021 3:43 pm
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ePaXej
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Not disruptive, but not attentive. Cellphones in classrooms.
You have students in your classroom who are not behavioral issues or sleepers, but they are not attentive to the lesson. The student would rather play on their cellphone or text friends then get engaged. How would you address this issue without turning the issue into a confrontational conversation? Is it worth addressing this student at the expense of losing the rest of the class?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 3, 2021 3:11 pm

VePyHy
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I would make it a classroom policy that cell phones are not allowed. If the student still doesn't comply, you could incorporate lessons using an app so that the students can use their phones while also being involved in the lesson.
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Xetuzu
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I think the app solution is a good idea! My goal is to incorporate technology into my classroom to help increase attention.
  Posted on: March 4, 2021 1:59 am

yraReW
yraReW
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I would do this if I were in this situation; it seems like a great way to still get students engaged.
  Posted on: June 30, 2021 2:11 pm

VuBytu
VuBytu
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I think If you use of an app is great. I think the problem will still continue if they still decide to use their phone for something else. I would just have the cell phone band from the classroom.
  Posted on: July 1, 2021 2:37 am

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Solution 2
Posted March 5, 2021 3:58 pm

Kasey Miller
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I would create an exercise or activity that required everyone to stand up and do something every time I saw a student on their phone. You might think that you will loose class time over this, but not if you make it subject related. (Like Have-You-Ever history edition.) Then your students will put down their devices, and re-engage with you.
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Solution 3
Posted July 1, 2021 6:06 pm

LyVaDe
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I think I would remind students that having phones out during class is not allowed but I can allow maybe a five or so minute break during class to let them decompress. I feel like I would do my best to understand that sometimes kids need to check their phone in case something happened at home. Of course, sitting in class playing games would be a problem so would definitely give them maybe a "3 strike, you're out" rule. They have 3 chances to keep their phones put away during lecture and if they fail to listen, then they lose phone break privileges completely.
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Solution 4
Posted March 5, 2021 11:17 pm

Byhuzy
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I would first remind this student that having their cell phone in class is against the rules, as they should know. I will then tell them that for every time I catch them on their phone from now on I will deduct 2 points from their participation grade, and I will do so without telling them in front of the class every time.(so as not to stop the class for every instance)
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Solution 5
Posted March 7, 2021 1:33 pm

yDyVuB
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I would make it a requirement to bring the cellphones up in the beginning of class and place them in numbered packets so each student would know which one was theirs at the end of class to retrieve. This reduces chances of students feeling singled out and ensures that no one is distracted from class by being on their phone.
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Solution 6
Posted July 3, 2021 3:25 pm

esujyQ
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I would make a policy that phones are not allowed in the classroom, unless they are being used for an activity. With that being said, I would try to make lessons or classroom quizzes that the students can use their phones for. I think this would help them to be engaged and not get bored.
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