Middle school kids LOVE to use and abuse the classroom lavatory pass, leaving teachers frustrated with the revolving door. I've tried "is it an emergency" and the typical sign out sheet, but neither seem to reduce the requests. SO... This year I've started a new policy and I want to post it because it is working wonders. Students are issued 3 departure tickets per marking period (10 weeks). In order to use the lav pass, they need to rip a ticket out of their science journal (kept in the classroom) and hand it to me. At the end of the marking period, all unused passes are put in a drawing for prizes (homework passes, bonus booster points, redo coupons…etc.) Before this policy, I had on average 3-5 kids per 40-minute period asking to use the restroom. Now I have less than 5 kids per day. More time in the classroom = more learning…VICTORY!
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