Teachers: What is your classroom cell phone policy?
I ask as someone who has come to know the squared shoulders, elbows out signature pose of someone secretly texting under his desk.
I ask as someone who knows teens well enough to know that confrontational administration of any policy erodes a classroom culture. “Because I said so” does not fly with 21st century teens.
I ask as someone who knows that cell phone addiction is a real thing.
I ask as someone who just finished a personal, self-imposed one-week no cell phone stint.
I ask as someone who literally dreamed of texts and emails during that week.
I ask as someone who knows that the cell phone’s capabilities are as amazing as any invention in our lifetime.
I ask as someone who knows that the cell phone also destroys our ability to have deep conversations with the people that we are actually with.
I ask as someone who is fortunate to have a supportive administration that will back up my classroom policy.
There’s the right policy, and the right way to deliver the policy to our students.
I am looking for both.