Math = Love: Free Interactive Notebook Hall Pass

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Free Interactive Notebook Hall Pass

This school year, I'm trying a new approach with hall passes/letting students go to the bathroom.  In the past, I've just let students go whenever they said they needed to go.  At the beginning of the year, this was fine.  But, a few students would always start taking advantage of my generosity and begin asking to go to the bathroom every single day.

I get 52 minutes a day with my students, and we don't have time to waste.  When I was in high school, we had school agendas that had a hall pass page.  If you needed to get a drink or go to the bathroom, you filled out a line on the hall pass page and got your teacher to sign off on it.  When you were out of lines, you were out of hall passes.  If you forgot your agenda, you weren't allowed to leave the classroom.



The school I teach at doesn't have agendas or any policy whatsoever on hall passes.  I don't want my students actually taking their INBs to the bathroom with them, but I do want to start holding them accountable for how often they leave my classroom.



I've made a page to glue in their notebooks that will give them four hall passes each quarter.  Students will fill in the date and destination.  I will initial their notebook, write the time they left and write the time they return.  I hope this will keep students accountable for how much time they spend in the bathroom or whatever they are doing when they leave my classroom.



When a student leaves, they will leave their notebook on my desk.  Only one student will be allowed to be gone at a time, and I can easily tell who is gone at the moment by whose notebook is on my desk.



I've uploaded this file as an editable Publisher file and a non-editable PDF file.  For my students, I changed the file from "your teacher" to "Ms. Hagan."  You may customize the Publisher file to your heart's content.  To work with the editable version, you will need to download these free fonts: Comic Zine OT, Folks, and Amatic.

Download the files here.


12 comments:

  1. I think it is very generous of you to let your students leave 4 times per quarter. This year I gave my students 2 tickets per semester. They could only leave if they gave me a ticket. At the end of the semester, they could turn in any unused tickets for 2 points extra credit on their semester exam.

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    1. 4 times may be too many. I just want to keep the same policy all year (for once!), so I'm going to err on the side of too many this year. If it works, I will definitely think about lowering it for the next year. I like the idea of rewarding students for unused passes, though. Hmm...

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  2. Thank you for saving me paper this upcoming year. I used to do the same as Jennie but this lessen the chance that someone will lose their passes and just makes it more streamlined.

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  3. Looks great! I teach on an 85 minute block schedule, and our administration doesn't allow us to limit the amount of times a student goes to the bathroom per grading period or semester. So, I do the "one person out at a time" rule to try to keep it under control. My plan for this year is to require students to leave their cell phones behind when they go. I hope that will reduce the number of bathroom trips that are really for texting rather than using the facilities and also reduce the time students are gone because they aren't texting as they walk.

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    1. My students do that, too! I always cringe when I see them walking back into my classroom with their cell phones in their hand.

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  4. Is there anyway to get an editable version for word? I don't have publisher and haven't figured out how to get the files to convert to something I can open in word. I really want to use this for my INB for my resource chemistry class next year!

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    1. I don't think there is any way to convert from publisher to word, sadly.

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  5. Your new blog header looks great, by the way!

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    1. Thanks! I made it using Canva. It's an awesome free website that I only learned about this week.

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  6. Thanks so much! This will be a great way to hold students accountable for bringing their ISNs..

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    1. You're welcome! I want my students to be in the habit of bringing their notebooks EVERY DAY!

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