It never fails. If one ask, they will all ask. It doesn't even matter if you tell the first one no, they will all ask.
You know what I'm talking about.
Synchronized bathroom trips.
It really doesn't bother me to let students go to the bathroom during class as long as they are doing so at an appropriate time and not in the middle of a discussion.
Unfortunately there is always at least one student, often more than one student, who wants to take advantage of it. They need to go EVERY SINGLE DAY. It drives me crazy.
My other pet peeve is when it seems like the entire class needs to go to the bathroom.
So often I hear the excuse that there is not enough time between classes. My response to this is always "I managed to go downstairs to the bathroom and be back on time. You can make it."
I just hate saying no because what if it is truly an emergency?
One of my co-workers has a policy where students are allowed two bathroom passes a semester. This works great for her. How in the world she keeps up with it I don't know. I can't seem to get organized enough to keep track.
What is the answer? I wish I knew.
Are you just hardcore and say not all during class?
Do you have a policy that works for you? If so, please share.