I lined the kids up as best I could on the second day of school. We were making a trip down the hall to the big-kids bathrooms so that the children could all take care of business in one fell swoop.
There is a water fountain on either side of the bathrooms, and the children swarmed them after they exited the bathrooms.
I watched closely as they took turns trying to position themselves in such a way that allowed them to get a drink. One of my little clients seemed to be waiting a long time, and finally grabbed the boy at the fountain by the shoulders and shoved him away from it.
I quickly made my way over the children, tried to diffuse the situation and took them all back to the room to turn this into a teachable moment. (I couldn’t have scripted it any better.)
We gathered on the carpet and I outlined proper water fountain etiquette. I motioned the two children involved in the “incident” up to the front of the class, and intended to have them role play the proper way to resolve this situation. I said, “When someone is in front of you at the fountain, you say one-two-three, that’s enough for me. Then they should know that their drinking time is up. You need to use your words!”
“But I DID!” the grabber shouted. “When I grabbed Sam and threw him outta the way, I was saying that’s enough water!” And then Francis smiled.
Bingo. I believe I just hit the jackpot.