I was so sick and tired of my kiddies asking me (every-five-minutes) "Can I go to the bathroom?" I was also sick of asking, "Is it an emergency???!!!????"And then watching them jump and down like they were about to have an accident....only to watch them slowly walk to the restroom, taking their sweet time as if there was nothing more important to do (come on people!!!). Seriously, if they were moving any slower, they'd be going backwards. And I would have to stand at the door, screaming down the hallway (apologies to the all of the classrooms within a hundred yard radius) "HURRY UUUUPPPPPP!!!!!!"
Enter, Bathroom Passes.
Every Monday morning, the kiddos get a bathroom pass:
They are responsible for putting their name and date on it, and keeping it in a super safe spot.
If they have to go to the bathroom during class time, they take out their bathroom pass and tear it up. (So sad.)
If they have to go to the bathroom again during class time, they owe me a minute of their recess time.
And here's the fun part....
If they still have their bathroom pass on Friday, they get to put it in the "Friday Bathroom Pass Raffle!!!!!" I choose three bathroom passes randomly and these three lucky kiddos (who have not wasted any class time using the restroom!!!) get to pick a prize.
This is basically a bunch of
crap really cool stuff from the dollar store or donated from parents. And boy, is it motivating. They want those prizes, and they'll do everything in their power (including, imagine this- use the restroom at recess and lunchtime! Amazing!) to keep their bathroom pass!
Of course there are exceptions and kiddos who have true bathroom issues. But.....
This has really eliminated the wasted bathroom time in my classroom!!! Yipeee! My colleagues are also benefiting from this
bribe super sophisticated system because I am no longer screaming down the hallways at the top of my lungs.
If you'd like, you can get some bathroom passes here.
What are your bathroom procedures??? Please share! :)
Tomorrow is Friday!!! :-)