Discussion in 'General Education' started by Pi-R-Squared, Jul 21, 2017.
Aug 11, 2017
So sorry, Linguist.
So sorry to hear your father has died, Linguist. There's no good age at which to lose a dad.
Thank you everyone. Not to highjack the thread, just a quick comment. I was recently in Hungary for 3 weeks and came back on July 8. He has been ill for many years and we knew this would happen sometime. So at least I got to spend some time with him and said good bye. He passed away 3 weeks later, on August 1st
It's just another addiction in society, unfortunately magnified even worse by our students. Not just our students, but in general areas. The other day I was at the filling station and the clerk finished texting before ringing me up. It's area wide and in part of society now.
In our school, we went from no phone to teacher discretion. We tried last year to implement a no cell phone policy for all students in all classes and it didn't work very well. It just put more stress and strain on teachers to police it. Even when phones were taken away, and or reprimands were given, students would continue to take phones out. It was like I was becoming paranoid to see a phone out, rather than enjoying my lectures. Other staff, including me were worried about taking phones away, and trouble with liability. A teacher took a student's phone last year and the student said that he damaged it which was found to be untrue. However, it was put on the teacher to pay for it (even though the district ended up paying). How can it be proved if a phone's glass cover was cracked before the teacher took it? This year, it's teacher discretion on whether on not and when phones can be used thank goodness. If schools want no phone or electronic use, it needs to be way more strict. Like first time the phone is seen is a warning, second time, suspended for a week, third time, expelled. Phones then should not be seen period and kept in lockers or in the car. Because it seems like "taking them" can cause more trouble. My rules or other teacher's rules I have observed seem to be a failure. I do however, have a rule if they are out and used during a test, it's an automatic zero. I also state in my syllabus that a student is responsible for all material while I'm lecturing. If they are sick or gone, they can meet with me to make things up. So if they use a phone while I'm during a small lecture (usually not more than 20 min) they have to make up material lost and they loose points for the day.
I am so sorry I hope that you and your family are doing well. This isn't fun. I had to deal with a death in the family this summer as well.
Just like Pi-R-Squared, it seemed to work out great for the first month or so last year, then throughout the year it gradually went downhill. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas and by the time between April and May, it seemed as though as if I turned my back for a second, half the class was using their phones. It's terrible and a major problem that us teachers have to deal with. It makes me think at times as a teacher I have failed to implement this rule. However, our schools new policy this year, I just found out today, allows us discretion when students can use phones. We will see how that goes. Hopefully good!
Aug 12, 2017 at 2:23 PM
The main issue is that anyone to everyone would rather distract themselves with a cell phone instead of paying attention. Right now, my TV is on yet I'm replying to a post!! In order for me to have all my students appear to listen, there just has to be no cell phone use during class time. But school policy allows them to carry so I have to enforce my rules. We'll see what the future entails!
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