Welcome to You Oughta Know! This is a blog hop featuring several of my good blogging buddies who will share things that you “oughta know” for your classroom. Make sure to hop over to each person’s blog to learn a few new things. Now if you ask me, I think you oughta know about the bathroom. Wait! It’s not what you think…
Yay, I didn’t lose you! You clicked “read more” so I didn’t scare you away completely. Now I know you’re wondering what using the bathroom has to do with providing a classroom tip. Well, I have a quick tip that I’ve mentioned before on Instagram but never on my blog on how to manage restroom time.
In my first grade classroom, I am seriously blessed to have a restroom in my classroom. It is a blessing and a curse sometimes. On the positive side, my students always have access to the restroom; On the somewhat negative side…my students always have access to the restroom. Are you catching my drift?
For some teachers, this issue does not bother them. However, I am weird and I don’t like for instruction time to be filled with little ones going to the potty. Teachers, we all know that when one needs to go they ALL have to go! Also, for some reason my kids always argued about who would go to the bathroom first.
So, I manage my bathroom time now by using a bathroom line. Nothing really fancy here folks, but it is oh so helpful. Each child in my classroom has a number. I write their numbers on clothespins and put them in a small basked. I designated times during the day when the classroom bathroom is “open.” Usually the times are in the morning during morning routine, during Daily 5 rotations, before lunch, after recess, and during our end of the day routine.
I simply announce when these “open” times can begin, but my co-worker puts a green and red circle next to the bathroom to signal when the bathroom can be visited and cannot be visited. I’m going to do that next school year…totally
stealing borrowing her idea, she won’t mind!
My students know to put the clothespin that corresponds to their assigned number on the bathroom line. When the line is filled, my students know that they have to wait. The first person who puts their clothespin on the bathroom line knows that they have permission to go in (trust me, it was a process to get them to learn this procedure). When that person comes out, they take off their clothespin and call the number for the next person. They must say it like this “Number [whatever number that’s next], you may come to the restroom.” If we are in the middle of Daily 5 rotations, they know that they cannot announce it aloud. Rather, they must tap that person and whisper the statement to them.
Oh, I smile inside when they say it! They sound so nice and polite.
The process continues until I announce that bathroom time is over. Rarely do any students miss their opportunity to use the restroom, but I like this process because I’d like to think that I am conveying to my students that although we have bathroom access at all times, we cannot use spend all of our learning time there.
Grab this Bathroom Freebie for yourself in my TpT store here and start managing your bathroom time!