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Teacher assigns 'no phone' final to high school students

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Students give up their cell phones in exchange for no final exam. (Source: KARE/CNN) Students give up their cell phones in exchange for no final exam. (Source: KARE/CNN)

KIMBALL, MN (KARE/CNN) - In her first year as a teacher, Katie Pettit quickly figured out cell phones in the middle of her math class are a greater challenge than any algorithm she could assign.

"It gets to the point where they're on the constantly and most of them are playing games and that kind of stuff," Pettit said.

At Kimball Area High School in Kimball, MN, students can have their phones in class and it's up to the teachers to decide the rules.

On Monday, Ms. Pettit offered her more than 70 students a choice: hand in your phones for a week and she would not hand out a final exam.

As you can imagine, all but a few signed on, with cell phone signals stuck in a box on Pettit's desk for a week.

"Let's check what's going on Twitter or something, and Instagram," student Ariel Laabs said. "[Then] I'm like, ‘oh, I don't have my phone, I can't.'"

It didn't take long for some students to improvise. A fan of country music classics, junior Jake Leither broke out the old Walkman as hundreds of tunes sit trapped.

You would think students would feel trapped as well, but they don't.

While the grade is important, they also learned one of life's other equations – students minus phones equal a life lesson.

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