Water Cooler in Classroom

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  1. Bloom

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    Hello group! I am a new fifth grade teacher starting up next month. While I have student taught and co-taught in classrooms before, this is my first solo attempt! I am very excited!

    I have been brainstorming some strategies to keep control in my classroom. After observing tons of classrooms I see water breaks and water bottles as a constant source of interruption to the lessons and learning. The bottles fall over, spill or kids need to leave repeatedly to get drink. Do any of you utilize water coolers in the classroom to control drink breaks? Considering an investment on this for my room to maintain control of this situation. I live in NC and it is hot hot hot here...want to make sure kids stay hydrated throughout the day without me losing my marbles...

    Suggestions!?
     
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    My kids bring water bottles. They're not an issue...a water cooler would be.:2cents:
     
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    Bloom, first off...congrats on your new job! :)

    I allow my students to bring water bottles and have them keep them on the floor near their desk, only because in the past they're usually quite cold, so condensation wreaks havoc on their papers, etc.

    I also allow them to keep them in their backpacks, if they'd prefer.

    Regarding distractions, I tell them what I say for any possible distraction: "If your water bottle becomes a distraction, I become a greater distraction, but not nearly as fun." :)
     
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    My concern with the water cooler is I'm not sure you could have one! There are health concerns associated with the cleanliness of those things. I worked at a job once where it didn't get cleaned like it should and it always had some sort of fungus-looking crap growing near the spickett. Needless to say, I didn't drink it anymore.

    At my school in coastal NC, we aren't allowed to have any drinks/food in the classrooms unless there is a documented medical reason. So, I know we wouldn't be allowed to have a water cooler. We have to let them go out to get water. My rules have been you go before you come to class. Being thirsty in the middle of class is likened to being unprepared for class. If it's a rare occurrence I don't make a big deal out of it.
     
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    My grade 1s can handle water bottles. It's like anything else - you have to teach and practice expectations. The water bottle had to stay at the student's desk, it could only contain water and they could not get up from the carpet while I was teaching to go drink from it. A water cooler would have cause ALLLLLL kinds of problems... I can totally see coming back from my duty free lunch to a flooded classroom :)

    It's not worth your $$$$. Come up with procedures for getting a drink, teach them well and enjoy your first year teaching!
     
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    Thanks for the responses...all very good points. I need to stop overthinking and just enforce proper procedures! I hadn't even thought about the health and cleaning issues associated with this idea. Good point!
     
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    I know of a K-5 charter school that operated in portable buildings for its first several years; each classroom had a water cooler, which the kids used to refill their personal water bottles, and as far as I know there were absolutely no difficulties either with fungus or with kids mucking about with the cooler. As with everything else, much depends on maintenance and on teaching and reinforcing proper procedures.
     
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    My school forced me to put a water cooler in my classroom since the kids at my school are not allowed water bottles in the classroom and we do not have a water fountain. I was the only teacher in our hallway with a water cooler and it was a nightmare. Kids came to me all day long asking for water and only I could touch the cooler (because kids would often spill the water and play around). Nightmare.

    I told Admin never again.
     
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    I would built into the expectations to have kids bring home water bottles to be cleaned every weekend, at least.
     
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    I'm after a new Water Cooler Dispenser for the class too. I only need a small one. Do any of you have one? and if so which one, and where can I buy it?

    I was going to buy one of those new Brio or New Air, all reviews on AvidWater have stated themto be great! Still need recommendations.
     
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