Make a Chart or Checklist
Use strips of masking or electrical tape to mark off small squares on your whiteboard, or draw your own lines. Use EXPO markers to label and color code each square with a specific location (Restroom, Water, Nurse, Office). Leave a large section at the top to show who is “In the Room.” You can even make a box labeled “Absent Today” to take attendance quickly and easily each morning.
For younger students, label magnets with each student’s name or roster number so they can easily move their magnet to the appropriate box when they leave. For older students, make the boxes big and open so you can easily write their names on the board. When they get back to the classroom, they can easily wipe away their name to make room for the next student who needs to go.
Added Bonus – EXPO Markers Helps You Manage Your Classroom
Eliminate that pervasive question, “Can I go to the bathroom?”. Teach students to wait until the space is clear before writing their name on the board to go to the restroom. This will promote self-management, patience, and even cooperation among classmates. Add an element of accountability for older students by writing the time that they leave. They will be sure to return to class at a reasonable time.
Use EXPO markers to keep track of your students, and give yourself one less thing to worry about.