No matter what age your students are, classroom potty talk and bodily functions, such are burping, seem to be a constant source of amusement.

What is classroom potty talk?

While this can seem like harmless, juvenile behavior, how is it best to maintain student’s attention when potty talk occurs? And, more seriously, how should a teacher react when they experience profanity in their classroom?

1. Act quickly

In the case that a student accidentally burps or performs a similar function in the classroom, a teacher must dissolve the situation quickly to save embarrassment for the child and maintain control over the class. Simply ask the child to excuse themselves, check to see if they wish to use the restroom then redirect the attention of your class back to the task at hand.

2. Keep potty language in the restroom

If you hear potty language being used in your classroom, don’t make a huge spectacle out of it. Instead, calmly remind the child that potty language belongs in the restroom and ask them if they need to use the restroom.

3. Be direct

At the start of the year make your policy for potty mouth and profane language known.

For example, let students know that…
  • You have a zero tolerance policy for profanity
  • If they are unsure what a word means they shouldn’t use it
  • Only positive language is welcome in your classroom

That way students will know what you expect of them and will hopefully avoid using such language.

4. Don’t get mad

When you hear profanity in your classroom, it can be shocking but it is important to not get mad at the child as they most likely do not understand what is it they are saying. Instead, calmly and discreetly ask the child where they heard such language and let them know that the word they have used is hurtful and not acceptable in the school environment.

By using the tips above you can make sure you create a safe and positive work environment for your students!