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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Ideas BLOG HOP... Potty Plates

Today, I’m excited to be part of a blog hop of great ideas- 
not products, not freebies, but just fantastic teaching ideas!

My topic is one that I'd only discuss with my teacher friends...
Years ago, a dear friend (co-worker) of mine shared a 
fabulous, simple, basic, bright idea that has saved me (for years now)!

Many of us have a name plate on our student's desk...
well... why not put that plate to better use 

I have a simple Velcro dot stuck to the corner of each student desk.
Each year I add the clip art image (class mascot) and the name of each student on the name plate.  I put a adhering Velcro dot on the back and we're ready to go.
The first day of school they find their desk and later on that day I explain the importance and purpose of the name plate.

 Above my classroom light switch... I also have 2 Velcro dots.
I explain one is for ladies and the other for gentlemen.

If they have a potty emergency, they are excused to take their name plate off their desk and attach it above the light switch.  If another gentlemen is gone (and they are a gentlemen) they MUST wait.  Only 1 lady and 1 gentlemen are permitted to use the bathroom at the same time (cuts back on bathroom mischief).

You might be thinking... I have students that would use and abuse the system.
If they do... just review the definition of an 'emergency'... and...
that friend looses their pass for the rest of the day or week (depending on situation)

Parents enjoy the respect and Independence you give their students AND
I LOVE the fact that I am not interrupted for 'that' student situation.
I notice they quietly leave...
mentally... I'm aware,
but not annoyed and out of patience from
 answering the question 50x/day and being interrupted!

Sometimes it's the simple things in life that make the difference.
I hope this BRIGHT IDEA can help your classroom, too!!
xo Lory

“Next up on the blog hop is Ashley Hall from Flowers in the Weeds. Ashley has a great post for you all about cursive! Just click on the button below to check it out!

A Flower in the Weeds
Alternatively, you can search by topic using the link-up below and move along to any other blog on the blog hop!”


Unknown said...

I love this idea, Lory! Thanks for sharing! I will have a new classroom next year and will seriously consider using this. I love the independence factor and the part where they don't interrupt class to ask...Brilliant!

Unknown said...

Awesome idea Lory! I am definitely going to do this next year.

Jennifer K. said...

I love that they don't have to ask - and that you have a visual of who is gone from the class!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

Nicole Heinlein said...

Such a great idea! My class has passes hanging by the door and they place them on their desk if they are in the bathroom. So I guess my system is opposite of yours! But I like yours better - you can instantly see who is gone by reading their name tag and you don't have to look around the room like I do. Thanks!