We went phone free in our classroom five days ago. Five days of no phones allowed. Five days of fewer distractions. Five days of being conscious of when we pull out a device, and when we purposely put it away. Over spring break, I had sent the following email to students and parents letting them know of the decision, worried about the top-down approach I was taking with this decision. And yet, I felt like we had to try something new and now was the time for the change.
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Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog www.pernillesripp.com and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book Empowered Schools, Empowered Students is meant to give others the courage to change. Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp.