I have to write a classroom management plan this semester, which I have similarly done in past classes. In thinking about classroom management, I remembered something I saw in one of my observation classrooms last year. The teacher of this second grade classroom was so sick of her students coming up to her throughout the day just to tattle on a friend for doing something silly. Not only is it repetitive and interruptive at times, it doesn’t allow the students to deal with the problem themselves. In order to minimize the tattling in her classroom, she got a stuffed animal Frog and a jar. If a student wanted to tattle on a classmate, they had to tell it to the Frog. The student would write down their issue and put it in the jar and if they felt the need to say it out loud, they could whisper to the Frog. At the end of the day, if the student was not able to move on from the issue, they may retrieve their tattle and talk to their teacher about it. Very rarely did a student even remember that they had a tattle that day.
I don’t know about you, but I can not wait to implement a tattle frog in my classroom in the future. It doesn’t even have to be a frog – it could be any animal or maybe a class mascot. I’ve also heard of the Tattle Turtle.
What kinds of things do you use in your classroom to eliminate tattling?
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