Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It: July 30

There's nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of what you think is a fantastic lesson and calling on a student  hoping to get an insightful comment or question only to hear "Can I go to the bathroom?"  Geesh!  Last year's group was the worst for this!  So this year I am going to be proactive.  We are going to have serious discussions about what "emergency" really means and when is an appropriate time to use the restroom.  I saw an idea on a blog or Pinterest to have signs indicating that it is an OK time to go.  The original pinner used red and green signs; I decided to make something that fit with my movie theme.

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 When the "Showtime" sign is up, meaning we are having a lesson or read-aloud, the restroom is closed except for emergencies.  Students, one boy and girl at a time, can take the pass at "Intermission."  (These signs have a red star border that is not showing up in the pictures for some reason.)
Then I saw another great idea on Pinterest to use a bottle of hand sanitizer as the pass.  The student will put the bottle on his/her desk so we know who is out of the classroom and then use the sanitizer when he returns.  I made some labels that can be attached to a bottle of sanitizer after the original label is removed.  I got these bottles at Dollar Tree.  The labels come off quite easily and leave a smooth surface.  I'm going to cover the labels with clear packing tape to protect them a little bit as soon as I figure out where all our tape is!

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I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. Can't wait to see what everyone has made this week!



  1. I love your bottles! Too cute! I want to do something similar this year, too... Constant trips to the restroom drive me crazy. I did institute a new rule last year that worked really well - instead of interrupting instruction to ask to go, they simply raise ONE finger & I know it's an emergency. No getting up, and they know when I nod at them, they can go. :)

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  2. What a great idea with the hand sanitizer! I also love the sign ideas too! Thanks for posting!
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