How can I reign in phone use in my classroom when my school administration doesn’t have its own set policy?
Delaney Ruston, MD.
08 August, 2022
Delaney advises a middle school teacher struggling with phone use in their classroom.
I’m a middle school English teacher. The school I work at does not have any phone restrictions which makes me feel uncomfortable about taking away phones in my classroom. I have rules about turning phones off during class, but this isn’t being really respected.
Without backup from administration, I worry I could be under the scrutiny of parents if I physically start taking phones away. Do you have any suggestions for how I might go about reigning in the phone usage in my classroom or better yet, at school in general?