Friday, November 20, 2015
Caught with Cell Phone
Friday. I had a very small, very well-behaved ELL class. (ELL stands for English language learners, meaning that they're fairly new to the country and not all that fluent in English yet.) The first thing on the agenda was SSR. (Silent sustained reading, meaning that they're supposed to pull out a book and read for 10-15 minutes.)
Most had books. A couple of the students explained that they usually read on their phones. This is not the first time I've heard this, so I allowed it. (Making sure they were reading books and not texting, of course.)
The room got silent. They were all reading. So, I got busy with something else. (I don't remember what. I was either writing something or reading something.)
Then the assistant principal and a counselor walked in. As is usual, a pair of them will walk into class to do a "dress code check". I recognize what they're there for right away, so I nod when they tell me. They gaze around the room and generally they walk right back out. Which is what they did this time.
It was only after they left that I remembered--two of the students had cell phones out. Um...
I had kind of hoped not to be caught allowing cell phones out. But then again, more and more teachers are using them in their lesson plans. And it wasn't like the students were goofing off.
But still, I felt like I had been caught doing something I shouldn't have been. Even though I didn't get into trouble for it.