I'm sure the topic has been discussed many times but I'd still like to know everyone's policy. A little background story concerning me last year. I did not have any kind of cell phone policy in my classroom last year. In my 3 years prior, I was at a middle school where cell phones were not allowed. There was no hesitation. If I heard it, saw it, whatever, it was mine and was sent to the office. Last year, I did not collect any cell phones (table / shoe rack method) at the beginning because I did not realize how students having cell phones would be difficult to police and control. The innocent, "May I use my cell phone as a calculator?" question turned into texting, Facebook, etc...... And the final nail was when someone took out his phone to check the time, I walked over and eventually got it, just to have it taken out of my desk. And yes, everything stated above was my fault because I did not enforce the "use cellphones only for calculator" rule. This year, I will collect cellphones on the first day by meeting everyone at the door and telling them to silence and then put their cellphone at the back table. There will be numbers assigned per student. Even though the district handbook says they may use cell phones as calculators, I will be supplying students with a classroom set (they're at the front of the room). I don't like the "cellphones remain in your bag" idea. It's too tempting for anyone to grab sneak peak when a text is received. Who here has a cellphone collection policy and does it work?