These “Something’s Bugging Me” slips allow students to write down their concerns discreetly, and provide documentation for referrals to the school counselor or social worker if necessary.

Tattling can be a big issue in elementary classrooms. Often times, students are just trying to get each other in trouble for minor things like humming too loudly, so it can become second nature to brush aside these complaints. But sometimes students need to report more serious incidents, and it can be hard to separate tattling vs. telling when something’s really wrong.

These self-reporting slips give your students a structured method to let you know what’s bothering them.

Students may use these slips to let you know that they are being bullied by classmates, that they are really struggling in math, or that Bobby won’t stop kicking their chair during science lessons and it’s really annoying.

You can review them on your own schedule and decide how best to respond to each incident, whether it’s moving someone’s seat or speaking with the guidance counselor.

Download the slips here.