Teacher Forces Students To Lock Up Their Cellphones And It's Starting A National Trend

In Spokane, Washington, one teacher made a discovery that ultimately led him to gain national attention. In 2017 Michael Lee, the school's digital photography teacher, had assigned some photo editing work to his students.

His students started coming to class earlier and earlier, ferociously tackling their school work, editing their photos at an unprecedented pace. It seemed to Michael that the pace was so fast it didn't seem possible.

Michael realized that the student's, in fact, were not really concerned with their school work. Sure, they got the work done fast, but they weren't committed to it. The only reason they were finishing so quickly was that they wanted to spend more time on their cell phones.

For any teacher, this discovery can be a motivation killer. After all that hard work and planning, the hours of academic dedication, and kids just want to fly through their work to spend more time knotted in the web of technology. However, the flood of negative emotion Michael experienced led him to make a decision that would ultimately captivate a nation.

Michael felt that his lessons truly gave students a hands-on opportunity to interact with some pretty cool resources and materials. He always keeps the students' best interest in mind. However, when every nanosecond it seems something new is happening on social media, the internet, etc., it can be hard to captivate the mind of someone so focused on their phone.

It seemed that no matter what he threw at them, the end goal was to get back on the phone.


Michael made a decision to start holding on to the students' electronics in class. He did hours of research until ultimately deciding on a storage unit he found on Amazon that he knew would be perfect for electronics. After installing the new electronic cabinet, he developed a foolproof system with all his classes and students. 

The storage unit did more than store electronics--it could charge them, too, with built-in charging stations. Michael made a deal with students that at the beginning of each class, they'd drop their cell phones off in the cubby. Even further, each kid was assigned their own cubby so they always knew where to keep it.

Not only would the phones stay safe--and distraction-free--but they'd also get a full charge by the time they could pick them up again.

It was only a matter of days before Michael started seeing the fruits of his labor.

Students were more focused and weren't working for the reward of spending meaningless minutes attached to their cell phone. Rather than working for cell phone time, they took pride in their work and demonstrated a higher level of proficiency. Students had more time to stay focused.

But that wasn't all. Michael also noticed that his colleagues seemed to take a liking to his little idea. All throughout the school teachers were asking their kids to store their electronics at the beginning of each class.

Do you also think young people are using their cellphones too often? What do you think about this teacher's idea? Let us know and show this to your family and friends to see what they think of this new trend!