Tattling can be a big issue in elementary classrooms. But, all to often, students simply don’t understand the difference between tattling vs. telling.
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.
Take some of the pressure off by giving your students a structured method to let you know what’s bothering them.
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.
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 even though they’ve asked him to stop.