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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

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Solution 2
Posted March 5, 2021 3:58 pm

Kasey Miller
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 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 4
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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