I am curious to know what are your rules and expectations (overall classroom management) regarding the use of cell phones (or iPods) in the classroom. I met one teacher who allows students to use their cell phones in class to “tweet” responses to a daily journal response and I also met a teacher who allows students to listen to music from their iPods or phones while writing.
With BOTH teachers, I also observed that students took advantage of this opportunity and do other activities like play games or send a text message to a peer when they should be writing or paying attention to the teacher’s lesson.
I often established the rule of no cell phones during class when I sub a class, but have caught students attempting to use their phones. A simple, “Please put that away” has worked for me, but I already established an expectation and a rule to not use it in my classroom. Problem is, I have let them use it! My rule is posted on my wall and now I am thinking of bring it down.
What are your classroom rules regarding the use of cell phones?
Does your school district have a policy?
How do you manage/respond to a student who attempts to use their cell phone in class?
As soon as I stepped onto campus I was told two things: (1) I don’t have to attend the all-day teacher meetings and (2) I will get paid to be here, so I signed my payroll sheet.
I was pretty much told that I was going to be paid for a day of preparing my class without attending the mandatory meetings. The meetings were more for new teachers to get to know current teachers, and well, I simply did not need to be there. So at 7:30AM I was given my classroom keys and headed to my class.
Good thing I was not in a hurry because I ran into another teacher who was excited to see me because she wanted me to long-term sub for her class in September. Sweet. She teaches English and I always love the lessons she leaves for me so I was honored to be asked to long-term sub for her. Excellent.
When I arrived at my classroom, I unfortunately sat in the classroom for a good six hours attempting to figure out what to teach before I met with the Department Chair. How could I create lessons if I do not know what area of math I will be teaching (found out it will be Algebra and Basic Math)? What textbooks will I be using seeing that the classroom does not have a set? And, I was told I will not have an Instructional Assistant, but I see a desk with pictures right in front of me? I could not do much preparation until I had my questions answered. Instead, I just walked around the classroom to see what resources I had to work with and see if the overhead projector, television, and VCR worked.
I finally met my Instructional Assistant and she is pretty adamant in her ways. She worked for the classroom teacher long enough to be used to how HE taught which is very different from the way I currently teach. By the looks of the classroom he left behind, he created his own worksheets by hand and used the xerox machine often. Uhm, not me. Come Monday I will have a discussion with her regarding my methods of teaching, which, as I later discovered was approved by the Department Chair when I presented him a few ideas of how I would teach this class. He pretty much gave the a-ok to teach as I would like, as he has heard about the activities I do from other teachers, so long as it relates to the subject matter.
Time to get creative with math.