|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.6||June 2009|
|Cover Story by Graysen Walles|
|Teaching – The Power of Influence|
|The impact of teaching is clear, and the influence of the profession is immeasurable. All it takes is one moment, one situation, one discussion to turn the life of a young learner.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|Nine Year Summary of Articles, 2000 to 2009|
|On April 26, 2009, President Obama hosted the four 2009 finalists for America’s top national teaching honor, the National Teacher of the Year award. Alex Kajitani, who teaches mathematics at Mission Middle School in the Escondido Union (Elementary) School District in San Diego County was one of the four finalists.|
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|»||Buddy Programs for Elementary Schools Leah Davies|
|»||Moving to September Todd R. Nelson|
|»||Ronald Reagan and the Art of Influence Marvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac|
|»||Substitute issues: Bathroom Passes & Anger Management Barbara Pressman|
|»||Preparing Students for Travel: Films and Immunizations Josette Bonafino|
|»||A Message to Share with Parents about Summer Learning Dorothy Rich|
|»||Classroom Clean-Up and Clay in a Can Rick Morris|
|»||Schools and Filters: Ice Age, the Meltdown Matt Levinson|
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|»||Parents Are Recruits, Teachers Are Responsible, Kids Are Victims, and Schools Are Culpable For At-Risk Problems Bill Page|
|»||12 Ways to Stop Conflict in its Tracks! Susan Fitzell|
|»||Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VIII Hank Kellner|
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|»||More Brain Teasers Steve Sherman|
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Substitute issues: Bathroom Passes & Anger Management
Substitute teachers seek advice about managing lavatory requests and how to control one’s anger in the face of challenging behavior by students.
Dear Barbara - Advice for Substitute Teachers
by Barbara Pressman
The author of Substitute Teaching from A to Z (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
Regular contributor to the Gazette
June 1, 2009
How should I handle requests for the bathroom?
I notice middle schoolers try to make bathroom passes an issue sometimes. They often test the teacher by going one after another. I usually tell them no more passes if they abuse it, and it works. But it seems to depend on how the teacher handles the issue. I tried my usual pass stoppage with a 6th grade class recently, and they went bananas, becoming very dramatic about their bladders, etc. They said their teacher lets the entire class go, and gets it over with. So I called the aide, and she had them go one table at a time. Have you heard any solution for this seemingly small problem that kids like to make a federal case out of? Come to think of it, one teacher of the gifted just let them come and get the pass at will and use it anytime without asking. That seemed to work with those kids.
Your bathroom scenario sounds so familiar! Here is another example of how subs are at the mercy of the culture and climate that the classroom teacher creates.
The best system is where the bathroom passes are hanging by the door, and students go out one at a time. No disruption of instruction occurs. Students feel free to leave when they must.
Try to find out what the policy is for your class. If it’s the one described above, then follow that policy.
If the culture is one where students must interrupt to ask to go the bathroom, I would state a new policy for today. Take a large index card and label it Bathroom Pass, or have a sign out sheet near the door.
Tell students that your policy is for students to go one at a time. They must bring the pass with them and return it. The pass can be placed near the door in a prominent place. Be matter of fact about your system.
If students complain about “bladder abuse,” ignore their manipulative conversation. Be very sure of yourself. Tell them that your policy works very well for all your classes. Your system is fair and reasonable.