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  1. mstnteacherlady

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    procedure for students who need a restroom / drink break?

    During the day we go on a few group restroom break trips. I'm trying to come up with a procedure for those individual breaks when we're in the classroom. I know that this year I will have several students who, when getting a drink or taking a restroom break, would just wander off and not return. This leads me to change my policy from last year. I'm just not sure of what I want this procedure to be. Any suggestions?
     
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    My kids give me a thumbs up when they need the bathroom and then I just nod at them when it is a good time (after an explanation that sort of thing.) This way, I don't ask a question and get the favorite answer 9I have to go..)
     
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    We go as a class three times a day. They are only allowed to go alone when it is an extreme emergency. I set the timer, and however long they are out of the room they owe me that time during recess. If they roam the halls they are using their recess time. We didn't have many "emergencies" last year. They are allowed to have water bottles at their desks. They are allowed to refill them during restroom breaks only.
     
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    At the beginning of the year, I send them in partners. Soon you figure out who can go with a partner and which ones can't or which ones need someone responsible to go with them. Generally, I only send 2 at a time and blame it on the amount of passes that I have. The bathroom is just two doors down the hall so it's not far. I noticed you teach 5th grade so they are a bit older than mine and can possibly last a bit longer. My son's teacher last year (6th) gave the kids 3 bathroom passes a week. They could use them at any time they wanted but if they went over the limit, they owed him 15 minutes of recess. (Recess is 30 minutes.) They had many breaks throughout the day with lunch, recess, specialist, etc. and they were broken up at great times; almost every couple of hours. So, really there wasn't any reason if the kids used their time wisely that they couldn't use the bathroom during those times.
     
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    I generally let them go when they need to. I don't make them ask, just tell me. Most of the time that's fine, but if we are in the middle of a lesson, or I am talking, they have to ask permission. I don't let two people go at once. I have a ten minute break after their specials, which is supposed to be bathroom and water time... however, last year, I had a problem in that they would come in from the break, and all want water! I am going to have to be stricter on that this year... likewise, I will have to be stricter about eating snack during snack- not playing during that time, then wanting a snack when class resumes. During these times, I had to keep saying, "that's what the break is for" but I would cave often enough, when they were panting and sweaty, that I know this was something I was not good about.... next year will be better.

    I think it's a balancing act.. I don't want to limit how often they go to the bathroom, providing they are going to the bathroom, but I don't want them to take advantage of my flexibility either.

    I am going to make sure everyone has a water bottle this year. They will stay in my fridge, and they can get them when they want, but will have to refill them only at the break time.

    Some classes in my school use the sign language for bathroom. I think it's a "r" and the hand shakes a little, but I don't know for sure. I like that idea.
     
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    I have a rule that no one can ask to use the bathroom/drink/nurse while I am teaching a lesson to the class (unless it is an absolute emergency...and only twice last year out of 57 kids did anyone need to while I was teaching!) Otherwise, they just ask to go.I have a sign-out log with date, time out, time in and reason for leaving. I only allow 1 boy and 1 girl out at a time. If someone else is already signed out, they fill in their name and wait at their desk until he/she comes back. I had a really responsible group last year and for the last quarter, I didn't even have them ask me to go. Just get up and sign out, as long as no one else was out. Worked great- a.k.a. didn't interrupt me or others!
     
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    I'm going to be in a modular room this year(the furthest one from the building). I was planning on going on class bathroom breaks. How do you make it go quickly and keep kids quiet and behaving?
     
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    We go on a few group bathroom trips during the day. We have enough stalls in the bathroom for 3 kids to go in at a time. When one comes out, another goes in. They keep it moving pretty quickly!
    Anyway, while they are in and out, I always do what they like to call a "bathroom drill." I choose a student and ask a question (may have to do with reading, math, science, anything) and give them the opportunity to answer. If they don't know the answer, I choose another student. My kids loved this, and it kept them quiet because they might always be next! They especially loved it when we reviewed multiplication facts and states & capitals.
     
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    I use a ticket system in my classroom. They get 3 tickets a day and they lose one if they forget homework, talk when they shouldn't be, or don't follow directions, etc. One way they can lose a ticket is if they want to use the bathroom and don't want to wait until our next class trip to the restrooms. They REALLY don't want to lose those tickets, so they usually decide to wait. Works like a charm!
     
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    Like littleschool, as long as I'm not teaching or speaking they can go if no one else is out. They sign in/out and leave. Only a few kiddies gave a problem with it, but after a 15 minute penalty at recess that stopped real quick. :)
     
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    When I was in 3rd grade I expected my students to use the bathroom before school, at recess, lunch, and wait until after school. I never took time out of my day for group bathroom breaks. In fact my students knew that I wouldn't even consider letting them leave during the 1st 30 mins after one of those periods of time (unless I knew there was a medical problem.) After those 30 mins were up if it were a true emergency they could leave but they owed me 5 mins from their next recess to make up for it, that weeded out anything that was not an actual emergency. It was always a rude awakening to most of my students at the beginning of the year but by 3rd grade they physically should have control of their bladder to make the 1 1/2 hours between opportunities. And if they did whine I reminded them that the teacher doesn't get to go whenever she wants to, we all have responsibilities. :)
     
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    I am also in a modular room and I have a timer. We try to beat our time each day. My kids last year were really into record breaking so it was something that they really enjoyed. We also did other records so they liked to monitor all of this throughout the year.
     
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    I think a lot of the reason that my son's teacher does his system the way he does is because they are in a portable classroom (modular, as someone said). When someone has to use the restroom, 2 people have to leave because they can't leave alone. It just makes it a pain.
     
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    We have a restroom in our classroom.... My students do a sign language R if they need to go to the restroom. I just nod my head to give them permission. I discourage them going while I am teaching. The water fountains are down the hall and we always get water on the way back from specials and I usually let them go a couple more times as a group during the day. They use the sign language W if they need water. I have thought about water bottles, but when I tried it one year it just seeemed they played with the bottles all the time....
     
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    We go to the larger bathrooms 3-4 times a day as a group. We have a small bathroom in our class that we share with the class next door- 1 boy, 1 girl. I let mine get up and go as needed. They do not have to ask, which helps us to cut down on interuptions. The only time they can't just get up and go is during group lesson time. They have to go after the lesson unless it's an emergency- then they must ask to leave the lesson.

    Each student has a small water bottle on their table that I give them from Wal-mart- 12 bottles for 2.50. I tried using the larger ones, but they caused too many disruptions. When their bottle is empty, they have permission to go to the water fountain at the back of the room to refill.

    With both of these, if a student is wasting time, playing, getting up constantly to keep from doing work, then we deal with the behavior. Usually, I don't have too many problems once they learn the rules.:)
     

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