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The In-Class Cell Phone Buzz at CHS

Riley Becker and Emme Shifflett

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It’s 2016 and everyone uses a cell phone.  and this can be a problem. Most students take their phones to school with them, which is often a distraction from school work even for the most serious, attentive student.

Teachers agree that having phones out on students’ desks is ok, though they tend to become an “unconscious distraction,” according to English teacher Rebecca Schiavone.

Students want to use their phones even if they are turned off.  They are “afraid to miss a ‘wazzup’ text,” joked art teacher Albert Grosso.  Phones are “absolutely posituvely a distraction,” Mr. Grosso added.

Though teachers don’t encourage cell phone use during class, they will, when instructionally appropriate, even tell students to go on their phones to help with their work.

Students and teachers think that phones can be beneficial to the learning environment.  Kids are used to competitively participating in Kahoots and looking up definitions of words on their phones, as well as using phones as photo references in art class.

Cell phones also come in handy when kids want to check their grades in class. Teachers also encourage this so students will know what they need to turn in, and how long they have to turn in that work.

Students can prove that phones can be educational.

After all, “phones are not bad,” freshman Max McKenna shared.

Students know that phones can be distracting in class, but they also believe that phones are often beneficial.

“We use them all the time; they will make people want to learn,” sophomore Katherine Anderson explained.

Some teachers even let students listen to music outside of the halls, inside their classrooms. This can lead to confusion, though, because it can give some students the impression that they can always listen to music, in all their classes.

Even with the phenomenon of common cell phone use, most teachers only give warnings or call home when students are on phones during class.

“They’re part of the teenage routine,” complained Mr. Grosso.

Phones are here to stay, maybe even in the classroom.

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