“Ollie has his finger in his mouth.“
Non-Stop Tattling: How do you deal with it?
It’s typical behavior for children to tattle on their friends in a classroom, and I believe that it is actually quite healthy. This is because I see it as them gaining a sense of what is acceptable and unacceptable, or what is right and wrong.
However, if we teach them the difference between tattling and reporting, it will encourage the kids to be problem solvers, not just tattle-tales. In addition, it will preserve our sanity! Here are some ways I dealt with tattling in our kindergarten/1st grade classroom.
- Making a tattling vs. reporting anchor chart
- Doing an interactive PowerPoint Lesson on tattling and reporting
- Using kid-friendly tattling vs. reporting no-prep printables
- Playing interactive digital task cards: Tattling vs. Reporting Boom Cards
- Placing tattling and compliment jars in the classroom
- Talking about tattling and reporting
Tattling vs. Reporting Anchor Chart
You can make it as fancy as you want, or you can just draw a line in the middle like me (see the picture below)! As you can see, I listed five points for tattling and five for reporting. The next activity will focus on each point with an example so that kids can get a deeper understanding of each one.
Tattling vs. Reporting PowerPoint Slides
Tattling vs. Reporting No-Prep Printables
Tattling vs. Reporting Boom Cards
Have you tried using digital self-checking task cards? You can play as a whole class activity by putting them up on a screen or a smartboard, or have them play on a computer. Watch the video below to see the tattling vs reporting boom cards in action! Signing up to play these cards on boomlearning.com is free, but you can pay a small fee to track your students’ real time progress which makes doing assessments incredibly quick and easy. Click here to check out the preview! 🙂
Tattling Jar and Compliment Jar
It’s also really fun to create a tattling jar. This not only provides your students an outlet to get things off their chests, but it will bring you a lot of peace. Let them know that you do read their messages and that you want to know what’s troubling them, however, you will decide which ones to address. Next time someone comes up to you to tattle tell, refer them back to the anchor chart then direct them to the jar. Gradually, they will come to you less and less with trivial matters. I love the tattling jar because it kills two birds with one stone: kids get to say what’s on their mind, and they get to practice their writing and handwriting.
If you want to go one step further to create an even more positive classroom, make a compliment jar as well. Encourage kids to write compliments to each other and share them on Fridays. If you feel that certain kids are not getting compliments from others, you can always put an anonymous compliment in the jar for them yourself. I included the writing template as well, but you can use a notepad or recycled paper. Anything they can write on really!
Raise a Problem Solver