I have ranted a few times before about electronics use in schools. While I understand the importance of safety in a child's life and how a phone can provide that safety as a connection to their caregivers, it is incredibly frustrating when - as in this picture - students use their phones to take selfies while we are instructing. My co-teacher in this photo is leading a discussion where most students are paying attention, except this one. Unfortunately, she thought it was more important to take this photo than learn the material.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!