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Re: Bathroom passes

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wduncan (wduncan)
Wed, 04 Aug 1999 16:53:42 -0500

Everyone needs to heed the call of nature at times. I discuss not abusing the right
with my classes, and on occasion I say "you have to come to school four days in a
row before you can pee", but not often. My only problem is with other teachers who
object to students being treated like people or with some new school wide rule that
the staff imposes when they need to crack down. I do only allow one student out at
a time. Years ago I had a toilet seat painted up as "Mr. Duncan's Potty Pass", It
was a hoot until one principal said I had to get rid of it. Some people just have
no sense of humor.
Woody in Kansas City

gregjuli wrote:

> > Hi all,
> > I don't know if we've ever gone specifically gone into the terrritory of the
> > lavatory use, but here it goes.
> I do agree that if you have something that works for you and your students, as
> far as bathroom passes great. But I cringe when I hear teachers tell me how
> proud they are that the don't let anyone go to the bathroom during THEIR class.
> What's the point?
> Do some take delight in making students expand their bladders? Yes, some kids
> will abuse a bathroom privilige, but the majority won't. Or at least in my case
> (middle school yet!) I have found they don't. A teacher should be able to easily
> figure out who the abuser is and take away their privilge ,but not that of
> others.
> If I was on of those limited students , I'd really personally have a problem. My
> bladder seems about as big as a kidney bean at times!
> I tell my students they can go when they need to. I say ,if I see that someone
> is abusing the privilege of going to the bathroom to get out of work, then I
> will deal with that person and not punish everyone. The only pass they need is a
> hall pass and tell me they need to go. Besides the people with small bladders,
> some of the ADHD kids sometimes just need to get up and expend some of their
> energy (i.e.- go get a drink or lav) and then they are ready to come back and
> work.
> If you force a student to not relive themselves, do you think they will be able
> to concentrate any better on their work? I just meant this to be food for
> thought as we go into another adventurous year in the classroom.
> MaryB
> > . As far as bathroom passes, I use a system that is quite successful in
> > my beginning studio class. In my advance classes it doesn't seem to be a
> > problem. Each sememster I give the students an artistic bathroom pass sheet
> > of paper with 4 numbers on it. They are allowed 4 passes to the bathroom
> > with no questions asked. (tear off the cornered numbers) However if they
> > hand the pass back to me at the end of the marking period unused, a 100 is
> > averaged in with their other grades. Some teachers raise a grade from a B to
> > an A. Whatever works for you. The students hardly go to the bathroom as a
> > result and if they do they space it out so they don't use more than four.
> > Thanks again for the thoughtful ideas.....I love this chatroom.
> >
> > Eileen from NY


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