Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Special ed, sophomore math. (They recently revamped the math sequence in the district, so this was an algebra/geometry hybrid that is aimed at the 10th graders.) They were finishing a test they had started the previous day. (Friday. This happened on a Monday.)
The teacher's lesson plans had a whole page devoted to the class' cell phone rules.
Certain populations have bigger cell phone addiction issues than others. Special ed classes and the continuation high school tend to be where I see the most issues when it comes to students not being able to put their cell phones down.
This teacher had created a "parking lot" where the students could stow their phones for the class period. If they chose not to "park" their phones, any instance of them using the phone was grounds for immediate confiscation.
I passed out their tests, and they got right to work. About halfway through the period, I noticed one girl had earbuds in her ears.
Now, normally if they're working on something quietly, I let the listening to music thing pass. But not during a test. And, the teacher had specifically said phones were to be put away. So, there was no reason for the girl to be listening to anything.
I pointed this out to the aide. She went to confiscate.
"I thought it was okay. I'll put it away..."
Okay? After I had informed the class to "park" their phones? And during a test? Um, no.
The girl claimed she had not heard my announcement. But this was SOP for the class, so the aide had no sympathy. She held out her hand...
The girl held her phone back. The aide informed her if she wasn't going to give up the phone, security was going to be called. The girl began packing up her stuff.
I went to call security. But the phone listing in the class was out of date, so I didn't have the correct phone number...
The girl put her test in her backpack and walked out of the room. (Tests do not leave the room.)
I kind of want to know what happened to her the next day. Her test was null and void. And then there was defiance thing. All over a cell phone that she knew she should put away.