Are you plagued by tattling? This is a sign that you could use a better sense of community in your classroom. Here’s how to stop tattling it its tracks:
1. Teach “Tattling vs. Telling.” Carry out a lesson in which you role play the difference between tattling and telling. Use the sign and worksheet below for the children to practice distinguishing between these. Basically, you want to teach children that tattling is unkind.
2. Review your classroom rules. You should have three main rules. (Click here for how to teach them):
3. Ignore Tattling. Let children know you will not listen to tattling. If a child tattles, ask, “Are you tattling, or telling?” “Are you trying to help __________ or get him in trouble?” If the answer is tattling, simply say you are not interested and turn away.
4. Problem Solve. If children are tattling because they need help solving conflicts, teach them problem solving steps instead.
5. Stay positive. Praise the children when they are kind to each other and consider this an opportunity to teach children how to be kind and how to create a caring community!