Okay so I'm a new teacher, 5th grade ELA. I'm having some issues with behavior management and procedures that I could really use some advice for...the first thing on my list is the bathroom issue! Yes, who knew it could be an issue? Everyday I have tons of kids leaving my class to use the restroom. It's tough for me because I give them the first ten minutes of class to sign out and go...but some of them take so long and then the list gets backed up! And I'm starting a lesson with someone still in the restroom. I hate it! And I know some of these kids are just doing it to get out of class. So I started giving them a minimum bathroom pass of three times a week in my class. They sign their name on the chalkboard after using the restroom. Then they put a checkmark next to their name when they go again. Once their name has two checkmarks, they're done for the week. However, while this had made the issue a little less of an issue...the chalkboard is a mess. The handwriting is terrible, the checkmarks are backwards. I need help...is there a better way to go about doing this or monitoring bathroom issues? I have no clue how to handle this. Next issue...I have one class who loves to challenge me. I several kids in the class who never stop talking, even when I give them behavior marks (our discipline plan). They are constantly talking out and questioning me to the point where the other kids are suffering because I constantly have to be talking time away from a lesson or activity to tell the misbehaving kids to stop. What do I do here?? And finally..absent kids. I've tried one plan, with a file folder for each day of the week with the day's work. That's not working. The kids were told about the file folders but fail to collect their work and then I get behind and overwhelmed with all the make up work I need to give. Any advice for an absent student procedure? Thank you to anyone who reads this mess and tries to help me!