It Was The Pencil!!

I’m having a problem in my classroom. I’ve had a mission to make it stop. The problem is note passing. Instead of working or listening or participating they write notes. Then bother others to pass them. When I stop a note or find one, it is usually inappropriate or mean. Bullying. Obscenities. Something of that nature. It is rare it is just a “check yes or no” or “want to come to my house this weekend” it is usually more obscene.

So I have a plan. I believe we should ban all pencils, pens, markers, and paper. Without these materials there would be no more notes. I think these things are preventing learning about causing students to focus on something else. These are corrupting the youth of America.

Yep, that’s a dumb idea. Good thing we are banning phones in schools so kids can’t send obscene or mean texts. That’s all they use smart phones for any way. Oh wait it’s not is it? Hmmmmm.

Every Sunday I used to laugh at a slide they would show at church before service started, it said “please be considerate and turn off all phones.” I always laughed because everyone I sit by has their Bible on their phone and use them anyway. This morning I noticed the slide said “please silence you phone during service.” Ha! They figured it out. Think it is about time schools to as well.

Kids are going to send each other notes with or without technology. Don’t blame the technology for student behavior.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben K. says:

    If you aren’t familiar with John T. Spencer, you should check him out. He wrote a ficitonal blog about pencil integration that fits perfectly with what you’ve written here.

    Great post!!!

    1. amandacdykes says:

      Ha yeah I know John and seriously didn’t think about his pencil blog until I pushed publish. Then thought, crap did I rip his idea off. Really didn’t cross my mind. Was just sitting here thinking about how to stop the note passing and the snarky post came out. 🙂

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