Through the years I’ve tried different ways to handle the issue of students asking to use the restroom too frequently but I never felt like I found the perfect way. After having a restroom in my kindergarten classroom, I came to the conclusion that students really don’t need to use the restroom as often as they make it seem. Here are a few methods I tried:
I asked teachers who follow my Facebook page for a few suggestions. Here are a few of their ideas and be sure to read my Facebook page for more ideas.
*Ticket system: Give students 6 tickets a month. If a student needs to use the restroom at time that isn’t the designated restroom break, he/she writes the time in his/her planner and gives a ticket to his/her teacher. At the end of the month, tickets not used for restroom breaks are put in a drawing for a prize.
*Bucket: Teacher’s restroom passes kept disappearing so she uses a bucket for her restroom pass.
*Cell phone: A high school teacher has her students leave their cell phone on her desk when they go to the restroom.