Ideas For Curbing Tattling Tips 6 to 10
The Nature of Tattling
"Tattling is an almost unavoidable occurrence in the classroom on
all levels. One technique I�ve used on an intermediate elementary level
is this. When a student (let�s say Mark) approaches me with a tattle, such
as �Joey won�t let me play Frisbee�, I ask the student to go get Joey, and
ask them both to come and see me. Upon their arrival, I explain that they
both must speak with each other, in a respectful manner, to discuss the
problem. They must brainstorm a resolution that both are in agreement with
and then return to me. I ask if the problem is resolved. If they respond
that it is, I ask that they shake hands, and go off and play. If not, they
need to continue their discussion until a mutually agreed upon solution
is reached. This allows for the problem to be addressed and resolved with
little teacher involvement."
"I had trouble with my students tattling until I developed a "Tattle-tale"
Sheet. It had blanks at the top for the Tattler, One being tattled on and
the Tattle. The rest of the page was blank lines. After determining there
was not a matter of safety involved, I instructed the "Tattler"
to fill out the sheet completely. I explained how the problem might need
to be explained in detail to fill up the sheet. Writing could be about how
it affects the student now or in the future. If needed the student could
answer how it would change the school, community, state, nation, or world.
Most students do not want to write that much for something trivial."