Classroom Management

An Easy Alternative to a Bathroom Pass

If your bathroom pass was a crumpled, germ infested, barely recognizable piece of wilted lamination after a long school year and now lives in the garbage can, you might be looking for an new, more sustainable idea for a bathroom pass for next year. I saw this idea from a colleague, and thought it was smart and efficient (and a little less germy).

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It’s very simple to make – Hang a whiteboard with an attached eraser and marker hanging from a piece of string. If a student goes to use the rest room they write their name under the correct column. Only one boy and one girl can leave the room at the same time. When they return, they erase their name.

This system is nice because you can easily look up and see WHO exactly is gone, and if you wanted to get more detailed, you could have them write the time they left, (for older students) to see if they are ‘wasting time’ in the bathroom. From a safety standpoint, you can see who exactly is in the rest room during a fire drill, etc.

Do you make a new pass each year?

What else are you planning to re-do for next school year?

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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