I saw kids talking to each other today for extended periods of time. It was lovely and reminiscent of how things used to be before everyone had a cell phone. After catching myself in some laziness on Wednesday I gave a stern refresher of my cell phone expectations PLUS an added- no more warnings. I just don't want to see them. It worked. Go figure. I did confiscate a few, without words just a hand out and then student puts phone in my hand. I told them "I don't even want to say the word cell phone today". They heard me. Today. I will have to repeat myself next class I am sure.
But the best part was seeing how much it improved their group work. They were all talking and engaged with one another- not one hurrying up so they could be done or one obsessed with sneaking a peak on their phone. They were interacting, like humans- face to face.
So I guess I get to remind them everyday of the cell phone policy if I want it to stick.
A-ha: Cell phones really do keep people from being present with others, myself included.
Reminder: Stay firm and clear.