Originally posted by smyleegrl
How about a different perspective?
I have a similar rule in my classroom. Why? Because there are three or four students who would go to the bathroom every twenty minutes just to get out of class. Its a given with children.
I also know which kids would never try such a thing...and when one of them comes to me and says its an emergency, they get a free pass. They don't abuse it, either.
After ten years of teaching, you develop a sense for who really needs to go and who's faking. Usually, the kid clutching himself and dancing really needs to go.
With the increased demands of standardized testing, teaching time is safeguarded at all costs. This teacher needs to listen to her students, but since she's a first year teacher, this is probably something her mentor suggested she try to cut down on classroom disruptions. Sometimes, mistakes are made.
I had a bathroom accident when I was in second grade; and you know what? Didn't destroy my self esteem...
Don't get me wrong, what happened is sad. But it was a mistake, hopefully she learned from it, and life goes on.
Originally posted by Strictsum
reply to post by ownbestenemy
Yep, you're right, most kids would try to hold it and buy candy instead.
It doesn't say in the article exactly how this system worked. I wonder if the kids started out with a certain number of boyd bucks they were able to spend or if they started with zero and worked up. The difference being no child would be able to use the restroom in the beginning because none of them had any points. I think it implies a zero starting point.
I am way overthinking this.
Originally posted by hawkiye
Still schools don;t teach kids how to think on thier own anymore they just teach them what to think...
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
reply to post by smyleegrl
I digress.....teachers can make mistakes, for they are human and to be human is to err. However, not addressing that mistake, in front of the children who are seeing no consequences to a bad decision, is dangerous and shows incompetence of that school's leadership.
Originally posted by Krakatoa
It reminds me of when I was a kid in Sunday School (Catholic indoctrination). I was curious, and very interested, until I asked too many questions, and pointed out contradictions, etc... I was then kicked out and sent to sit in the hallway for being a "disruptive influence". Yeah, I wasn't a sheep I guess...
Originally posted by smyleegrl
Originally posted by hawkiye
Before we yanked our now grown kids out and home schooled them we told them if you really need to go you just get up and go even if the teacher tells you not to and we will deal with the teacher. We also told the school that was our policy and we never had any big problems with it that I recall. Still schools don;t teach kids how to think on thier own anymore they just teach them what to think. Home schooling is so much easier then people think. We never regretted pulling them and discovered we could do everything in 2-3 hours and wondered what the heck they were doing in school for 5-7 hours.. When my daughter got into college after a week she said Dad the kids in there don't know anything...
Sorry, OP, this is kinda off topic, but I wanted to address this reply.
The reason we need 7 hours in school to teach what you could in 3 has to do with the ability levels and number of students in the room. For example, I have two ESL students who speak limited English. I have to spend extra time with them because of the language issue. Then, I have to separate my students into small groups (based on understanding of topic) and work with them on their level.
The kids who are home-schooled get one or two on one attention; you work on the child's level constantly, and you control the information presented. Its a heck of a more effective system. Which is why I think homeschooling is a great choice for most people (there are some who shouldn't do it, but thats a different story).
Originally posted by MysticPearl
Just a couple years ago I took a class at my local junior college, as a full grown adult, with other full grown adults. It was a night class.
The teacher told us there would be no bathroom breaks during his 90 minute class, and if anyone can't contain their bladder long enough and had a problem with it, then it wasn't the class for them.
Needless to say I was shocked, so were others, especially since many of us came straight from work to the class and ate dinner on the way, or worked out after work before the class, and were re-hydrating ourselves. A number of arguments proceeded to occur during that semester.
Goes back to the common theme that teachers love their authority, and have spent far too much time in the little world they created in their classrooms than outside in the real world. People drink water, then they pee, since the dawn of mankind. The idea teachers can't come to grips with that is mindblowing.edit on 2-12-2012 by MysticPearl because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ~widowmaker~
hmm odd story to say the least. I mean on one hand you can tell when a kid is really going to burst, you can just see it in their face. So I wonder if she said no and he just did it anyways to spite her. I mean they are allowed 3 already plus recess and lunch and can win even more bathroom breaks, so why didn't he have any bucks, is he a trouble maker and so wetting himself might not be out of character if he was trying to act out. Or maybe Hess a really good boy and just spent them all the day before?
Kids get bored. They are in school to learn and some learn real fast you can get out of boring class and go waste time in the bathroom. Reading comics, getting the next answers to test or quiz ^^ or just eating the clock up ^^. Hell most probably have smart phones with access to internet and just go to the bathroom to look up answers to a test lol or surf web.