Wednesday, October 11, 2006

More Potty Posting

Here's something very few people know about teachers -- our bladders punch a time clock. We are not allowed to go to the bathroom whenever the urge hits. How could we be? We are alone for the most part of the day in a room full of children. Leaving the children unattendind is not an option. Despite what all parents seem to think, the little darlings don't behave if we take our eyes off of them -- and many don't behave even when we're looking right at them. If I forget to go to the bathroom before the 8 a.m. bell, I have to wait until 10:10 a.m. when my reading class leaves. At that time I have approximately 2 minutes to use the bathroom and get back to my door before the kids lining up there realize they are unsupervised. There are 56 other teachers in the school running for that same bathroom at the same time. My next offical break is 11:20 a.m., lunchtime. My daily prep period follows lunch, so I am without students until 12:40 p.m. I pick my students up then and don't get another break until 2:45 p.m. when I take them to music and go to my daily professional development class. After my class I pick them up from music and walk them to the gate for dismissal. At 3:35 p.m. the final bell rings. I wave good-bye to the darlings. At that point my bladder is off the clock and can once again resume setting it's own schedule.

24 Comments:

Blogger Jackie's Garden said...

OMG! I knew it was coming. You just couldn't make it through Wordless Wednesday, could you?
he he he

10/11/2006 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Jackie -- how could you even ask that after my post at your place?

10/11/2006 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Ha! As a school bus driver I can really sympathize with you.
Thanks for stopping by my blog during the marathon.

10/11/2006 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

When reading this post, I got the most incredibly urge to go to the bathroom. So I did. I'm not a teacher. ;)

Now that I have finished this most informative post I was wondering, since you entitled this one "More Potty Posting", where the existing library of "Potty Posts" can be found.

One can't get enough potty posts, after all. :)

10/11/2006 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Dan -- did you scroll below this post? Potty is the theme for the day.


Word Verification: bmpopoo
is that apt, or what?

10/11/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Can't you just take the kids with you if you have to go. Like a field trip, sort of, ha,ha..

10/11/2006 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

You know, auntie, it's not so different with nurses. It's not so easy to just leave a patient's room in the middle of helping them with something to run to the bathroom... lol xoxoxox0

10/11/2006 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

there is no way i make it as a real teacher. playing spanish teacher didn't really count. do you know how complicately long it takes me? 2 minutes it's just not enough. with all the walking to the bathroom and the unbottoning my pants and making sure i don't fall off the seat (no comment) and then the paper part, the dancing around to try to get the pants back on, the fighting with the dumb automatic flush to figure out it's time to flush (i hate automatic/sensor toilets-they never figure i get up, grrrr...) and then washing the hands, drying in them..wow-i'm tired just thinking about it..

It is a complicated process..5 mins. minimum...(you can send your condolences to Cuppojoe@gmail.com ;p ... lol..)

-Jackie is pretty smart. she was probably singing Let is snow, Let it snow BECAUSE she is escaping..:)

10/11/2006 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Wow...I never thought of that. It seems like I have to go every two hours...I would not make a good teacher.

10/11/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Just Tom said...

Can you say "catheter." Maybe NASA has some used space suit bottoms you could wear under your skirt. Then, on your way home, you just stop at one of those RV waste dumps and unload you pants.

To answer the question you put on my blog, I have an intensive teaching schedule early in the week-- all of my classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays. I work hard usually on Sunday nights to prepare for Monday Classes, cram through Tuesday with stuff I have to do but I am done every week by Wednesday at noon. Also have two text book deals pending with Prentic Hall and so much other stuff in the design world that generally people just don't believe me. So...

10/11/2006 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger Just Tom said...

Oh and Tom's Challenge #4 is up. Hoe it's a challenge this time, but with you, I dunno..

10/11/2006 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger Cindra said...

Okay, I'm sorry. I can talk about poop till the cows come home, but pee? I have pictures of chana dancing around by a toilet with her pants down, and AQ peeing in a space suit that may not even work properly with the gravitional force here on earth, and then there's that one suggestion about you taking all the kids to go pee with you, and I am just really traumatized by this...i don't know if i'll be back...this is just...too...much.

10/11/2006 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Cindra, talk to your husband, he's the one that came up with the space suit idea. Did you know that the waste recepticle (toilet) on the Space Shuttle vacuum seals the users butt to the toilet? If it didn't the waste would float. Ewwwww!

10/11/2006 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

hmmm..you know I never thought of when teachers have to go potty. I didnt know they werent allowed to leave the classroom. My teachers always left the classroom. I should have gave them detention for that! I dont know Quilly, you may have to get a texas catheter.

10/11/2006 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kat Campbell said...

I'm scared to ask what a texas catheter is. I've got this sucking sound stuck in my head from the astronaut story and I'm trying to imagine not being able to go to bathroom whenever I want to. It's entirely too icky to contemplate. We definately do not pay teachers enough.

10/11/2006 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

The next time I'm upset with my job, I'll have to remind myself that at least I can pee when I want.

10/12/2006 02:18:00 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Oh, the little things we take for granted eh? LOL!

10/12/2006 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

I think I'd make an awesome teacher, based solely on the fact that I usually only need to hit the washroom once a day, late in the afternoon, despite all the coffee I drink!

10/12/2006 05:00:00 AM  
Blogger David said...

I feel so dense for never having worked out the teacher pee predicament before.

10/12/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger Jackie's Garden said...

OMG, AGAIN!!! 20 comments on potty stories!!!! We're sick, I tell you, sick!!!

10/12/2006 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Oh my gosh, how awful it must be if you're dieting. And having to drink all that water - I don't know what I'd do! You poor thing - maybe start wearing Depends, so you can just "go" a little here and there if you need to and can't leave the room. :-)

10/12/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger charlie said...

Pavlov's bladder?

10/12/2006 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Cindra said...

I've seen waste float right here in my own home. i don't need to go to outer space to see that. ew.

10/12/2006 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Yes! I find the bladder to be not neeeeearly so big of a problem as the bowels... which simply will NOT wait for the next assigned moment! (especially after lunch!) Some day's I ask myself what the HECK I am doing there!

10/13/2006 03:45:00 PM  

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