A teacher’s point of view

Hope Williams, Staff Writer

It’s hard to tell when phones are a distraction or something that is needed. Mr. Mitchell, a math teacher at WVHS, thinks they can be a distraction in class. “I’m okay during work time in class like if a student would like to listen to music,” he stated.

It’s very common for teachers to allow phones while working to help people focus or to help look something up. “There are times though when a student doesn’t use it as a tool to help them with their work and it becomes more of a distraction than anything else,” added Mitchell.

Mr. Coller, a forensics and chemistry teacher for Wilsonville, agrees that phones can be a distraction along with being a necessity. He described his class policy on phones as: “I allow phones out on the desk if the student wants and I ask if they use them I can see it to make sure it’s not becoming a distraction. I understand that sometimes there may be an emergency that needs to be taken care of or a problem that needs to be solved.”

Phones connect us to each other, and that’s how everyone communicates nowadays. The use of phones in class is something that students see every day; it’s inevitable for phones to disappear from the classroom because they are a constant for this generation. The usage of phones in class will always be present as long as they are around.