Teacher Makes Students Lock Up Cell Phones During Class, And Kids Are Actually Loving It!
Many teachers fondly remember the days before cell phones when students were more engaged with learning in the classroom and not obsessed with social media, selfies and texting. While cell phones can be helpful in cases of emergencies, they are also hugely distracting. Well one teacher at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas says enough’s enough!
Debbie Simon, who teaches Spanish, makes her students lock up their phones in special pouches before every class. “They grab their pouches, they come in, they lock their phones, and that’s it,” Debbie told KTNV Las Vegas. These “magical” pouches area a teacher’s dream.
The pounches are reportedly made by the company Yondr and they magnetically lock the phones inside and they cannot be reopened until they’ve been swiped across a magnetic base. At first, there was resistance from students, but now, a year later, they have embraced the new classroom policy. “The engagement in the classroom went up,” explains Sierra Vista’s Principal Dr. John Anzalone. “I actually had several students come up to me and say, ‘Thank you, because I haven’t focused in class like this in years.’”