I teaching 11th and 12th grade. I hang up a calculator pouch in the front of my room. It looks like this: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/519qJf6oKiL.jpg
I tell students that if I see or hear their phone they have to walk to the front of the room and put it in the pouch. It's cheesy and really obvious when they get caught on their phones. It works, but you just need to be sure are consistent. There have been a few times when I have forgotten to put my phone on silent and so I will put my phone in the red pouch. The students really appreciate when that happens. We all end up holding one another accountable for our phones.
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Does your school have a general policy about cell phones? If not, I would set up a strict rule about it. I would take away any phones I saw in use and students would get them back at the end of the period. If this continued to be a problem I would contact parents and/or ask administration for help.
Hope that helps!
I, too, have a shoe holder that I use for cell phones. My district has a policy that I cannot touch a student's cell phone; however, if they are abusing the policy, I CAN ask them to put it in my phone park or put it in their locker.
The BEST solution I've come up with is to have a charging station set up in my room. It's located right below my phone park, which is behind my desk (an area where students do not go without permission). The rule is, if you want to charge, you must use your own charger, and if you charge it, it must stay in the charging station all period. I have space for 15 phones at my charging station & it's almost full every period.
As a note, the students who are ALWAYS on their phones are the ones who need to charge. My students who don't abuse the privilege of having a cell phone in their possession don't need to charge because their battery life hasn't been used.
When phones first appeared in my middle school classes I told them that I didn't have a real nice phone to use and that I was looking for one...and if they decided to use their phone in my class then the phone is MINE. I did give it back at the end of the day however, not the end of the period. I like Daniela's idea about the pouch.
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