Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Idea: Easy Bathroom Break Management!

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It's March, and all the hard work put into procedures have been paying off swimmingly! 
One procedure that has been working like magic is my procedure for bathroom classroom breaks.

If your students are like mine, bathroom breaks are sometimes an excuse to play around. I can't tell you how many times I've sent students to the bathroom, only to hear them down the hallway laughing and doing anything but going to the restroom... Ugh! 

To help eliminate this cringing situation, I have a one boy and one girl at a time bathroom policy. This has made such a difference and has limited the time student spend in the bathroom! 

The best part is, I have a REALLY easy way to monitor who is in the bathroom!

These cute little duckies help me keep track of who is using the bathroom. When a students goes to the bathroom, they take a duck and place it on their desk. 

By doing this, I can quickly spot exactly who I sent to the bathroom, and know if they're back or not. No more having to ask, "Is Johnny back from the bathroom yet?"
When a student comes back from the bathroom, they return the duck to the basket, ready for the next student to use!

My students know the procedure, too! They can quickly glance where I keep the ducks, and if their bathroom pass is missing, they know they need to wait to ask to use the restroom. 

It has made bathroom breaks so easy! I don't have a million students asking me to use the bathroom at once! 

What procedures work best in your classroom? I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. Where did you get the little name plate holders that I see on your students' desks?

    1. Hi Laura,
      Those are from a local teaching store, The Learning Palace. They are really nice because they are rubber which makes them heavy enough to stay put on student desks. I also have plastic ones from, but they are not as nice and sturdy!


  2. I use bottles of hand labeled boys and one girls...that was, I can see who is gone from the room AND make sure their hands get clean in case they didn't wash, eww! Students have to return them to their home base, near my desk, and pump once before walking away. We're adding hand sanitizer bottles to our school supply lists next year so I don't have to purchase it anymore either! I got this idea from a teaching friend who I think found it on Pinterest!

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