I had an idea over this summer that i'm considering using in September. Maybe i can get some feedback from the more experienced teachers here. I'm setting a per-cycle (or marking period, whatever) limit on the number of times my students can use the bathroom. I'm planning to go with 3 for the boys and 5 for the girls (i teach 7th grade). I came up with those numbers by determining that i could deal with 3 disruptions per day during my 90 minute class. 180 days in a school year x 3 disruptions = 540 disruptions during the school year. 540 disruptions divided by 30 students = 18 disruptions per student in a school year, or 4.5 per marking period. I upped it to 5 for the girls, and reduced it to 3 for the boys. I might further increase the girls to 6 (i repeat, this is 7th grade). I was also considering using an extra bathroom break as a potential reward, but i think that will send the wrong message to the students that a bathroom break is meant to be a fun, rewarding experience, so i probably will not do that. I was also thinking of letting students convert their left over bathroom breaks into rewards at the end of a marking period, like a free homework pass for two leftover breaks, for example. I think that would be unfair to the responsible students who legitimately needed to use the bathroom during the school year (plus the female students are automatically at an advantage since they start with more breaks). What i do plan to do though, is allow students to "rollover" their left over bathroom breaks to the next marking period. Feedback? Criticisms?