I get annoyed when people respond to smartphone texts and calls while I’m talking to them. Call me old school, but it sends me the message that whatever or whomever is tugging at that person is far more important than me. It could even be a wrong number – and our conversation was awkwardly disrupted. But when parents pay for their children to work with me and their children still check their phones (even when it’s on vibrate!) during our meetings, I find that downright disrespectful!
If these students are doing this during my meetings, imagine how many times they check their phones in class? While doing homework? Or driving? I just read an article about the Yondr pouch that eliminates smartphone use that concert venues, courtrooms, and doctor’s offices are using to prevent people from recording activities. Wouldn’t it be great for teachers to have all students put their phones in these fabric pouches during class to keep the students focused on lectures and discussions?
Take this a step further and imagine how students could finish homework, study for tests, read with better comprehension and generally improve their learning – and grades – if parents had these pouches at home.