MaryB, I let kids go when they first come to class, because of the
settling-in thing...I like to get the kids contented before the nesting time
begins. If I have a 50 minute Jr.High class, I rarely let them go during
class because the time isn't there. Now if they are hard workers...they can
use the bathroom at any time. I like to use the "bathroom trip" as an
excuse to see if they have settled-in and begun their project, especially
for my 1 1/2 hour High School classes (I teach both), because it usually
encourages them to think and act on ACHIEVEMENT!!! They have always agreed
to get started, before they get to use the bathroom. If a student is
habitual, and a discipline problem, and or never cares about his/her work,
then I rarely let them go to the bathroom, if at all!!!
Idus (not Donald) in southern Mississippi (about an hour from New Orleans
P.S. Your kids are taught to say "May I use the Restroom"? How did you
accomplish this???? Please answer!!!
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From: "Jerry & Mary B" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 9:52 AM
Subject: Speaking of Restrooms....
> Just curious, what is the policy for most of you art educators.
> Sometimes I feel like I am in the minority at school , in that if the
> kids ask politely( are not "frequent flyers") I let them go to the
> restroom. Many teachers at our school do not let students go during
> class. One scenario is if it is one of the later periods of the morning
> or end of the day , some kids really got to go. So by the time they get
> to art..... you know what I mean :-). We have 3 minutes between
> classes. Now for some young ladies in puberty 3 minutes doesn't cut it.
> I do tell kids if they need the restroom to tell me right away before
> the bell rings and that way they won't be marked late.
> Bottom line - you know who the abusers of rest room use and who
> legitimately needs it. If a kid has been working well and needs to
> leave during work time( not during demos unless emergency), why torture
> them. I do not understand the policy of some who refuse to let kids go.
> artappeal wrote:
> >Makes me thankful that our kids are taught to say, "May I use the