- Give the students the opportunity to move and be physically active during instructional time. Often times students ask to go to the bathroom because they are restless.
- Give the entire class scheduled and consistent bathroom breaks. These breaks must be quick and efficient. It is important to discuss bathroom etiquette at the beginning of the year with the class.
- Limit the number of students that can be at the bathroom at once.
- Have a signal that the students can use to ask to go to the bathroom without have to interrupt instruction. This could be a hand signal or a paper sign that the student places on their desk.
- Have the students put a sign at their desk that says they are in the bathroom. This helps the teacher monitor who is gone from the room, why they are gone, and how long they have been gone.
- If there are students that ask to go to the bathroom frequently, ask them if they can postpone their restroom trip. Often times, this is an effective technique. Also if mentioning a fun activity they may miss out on frequently leads students to say that they can wait.