I have a policy of no cell phones unless I okay them for instructional purposes. I take away phones if they go off or if they are texting. On Friday one girls phone rang during class. I just looked at her and said sternly "don't let me hear it again", but for whatever reason didn't take the phone. She is probably one of the best students, a very active participant, and she was very apologetic. I know I should have been consistent, and I should have taken her phone, but I just didn't. I definitely don't anticipate it happening again with her, and the class as a whole is very good so I don't anticipate it happening in general with that class too frequently. I am just worried that now I have to give everyone a pass. I don't want someone else's phone to go off and have him/her say "but you didn't take hers..." I wish I had just taken it from her and given it back at the end of the period, but since I didn't, how would you recommend handling it if another phone goes off so that I don't seem to be playing favorites?