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In another topic the idea of a bathroom came up. What is your bathroom policy.
With younger students at the beginning of the year, especially K, there will be exceptions to this policy. Here it is: I only have class for 40 minutes and if I have to hold it they have to hold it. Te teachers are asked by the principal to take all students to the restroom before related arts classes. This was done to preserve my class time as well as the teachers time, because they are already moving about the building. No student get to go when they ask, unless they have a known medical condition. It has been my experience that most will ask the first time and forget. If they ask a second time and are doing the dance I will let them go, but don’t tell them that.
I know this may sound harsh but it does work to protect your precious class time.
A bathroom in the room makes it a little to convenient for them to just go to get out of class. In my previous room I had a bathroom and had to have the same policy.
The Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers in my school are good about having their kids go to the bathroom en route to Music. haha, yep – When a kid asks to go to the bathroom I like asking ” can you wait a minute?” If they say yes drop it and see if they ask again. If so, then it’s real. If they forget about it, then it was to get out of class. I do this with older kids, too, and add that I want to teach a certain part of my lesson before I let them go. Usually they are respectful of this.
Young kids (Kindergarten-ish) play Monkey See, Monkey Do ALL the time!! If I let a kid go, five other kids ask to go (previously, all were fine). I stop my lesson and explain that either 1) they had the option to go before class, so we shouldn’t be playing this game or 2) they are big kids (in their heads) and should be able to wait a half hour (my classes are 35 minutes, but by time everyone is settled and quiet we of course loose a couple minutes).
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