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Introducing Rules For The First Time In Class

Delaney Ruston, MD

September 1, 2022

Delaney advises a middle school teacher struggling with phone use in their classroom.

The Question:

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?