Reading and writing workshops are sacred time in our school. This year we have barely enough time to do both in a 2 hour period PLUS finding time for spelling every single day. Several teachers have created an expectation/rule in their rooms that the students need to go to the restroom in the morning before we start workshops. If the students ask to use the restroom (short of an emergency or being sick) they earn 2-3 laps at recess. This time is supposed to be uninterrupted work time. Well a parent complained to a fellow teacher today about how her daughter is scared to drink at breakfast in the morning before coming to school. The mother wants to stop this expectation/rule. What do you think? It's a simple consequence to not following directions during morning procedure. It is also a major deterance for interrupting during workshop time when they are supposed to be working. As parents and teachers, what do you think?