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__Getting a Drink; Using the Restroom__**1)**Set the number of times each student may go per the week.

**2)**Have a restroom pass so only one student is out of the classroom at a time.

**3)**Count when the children are getting a drink at the drinking fountain such as 1-2-3. This way everyone is given the same amount to time.

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**4)**Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer by the door so children may use it before lunch to clean their hands. (Unfortunately, not all children wash their hands after using the restroom.)

__B. The Pencil Sharpener__**1)**Have a box of pre-sharpened pencils that all the children may use.

**2)**Make a designated time when students may sharpen pencils. If you have an electric pencil sharpener, unplug it during the off limits time.

**3)**Designate an individual to be the “pencil sharpener.” This can be a daily job in your classroom. This person performs the task of sharpening pencils before school, after school, or during any other designated time.

**4)**Have two cups of pencils near the pencil sharpener, one for dull pencils and one for sharpened pencils. When a child’s pencil is dull, s/he places it in the dull cup and takes one from the sharp cup.

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Do you want additional ideas on how to solve common classroom irritations

1) Children Who Are Always at Your Desk **plus more ideas for the ones mentioned above? Check out the complete resource that fully discusses:**

2) The Pencil Sharpener

3) Getting a Drink; Using the Restroom

4) Tattling

5) Stress – Especially at Test Time

6) Teasing

7) Unmotivated Students

## 6 comments:

Your title caught my eye & then I laughed reading your post :) I solved the pencil sharpener problem this year by only allowing my students to use pens (to encourage relaxing about making mistakes); we'll see how it works!

You have great tips to reduce stress for a teacher. These are great back to school procedures to review!

I LOVE this post because it's all about PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT! When we remember to be proactive teachers, our level of irritation goes way down, doesn't it?

I enjoyed your post! Thank you for the tips to some classroom irritations!

Useful ideas! Thanks.

Thanks for your advice....especially the restroom and drinks conundrum!

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