Hello October! Welcome to the start of the hockey season, warm sweaters, and cute ankle boots! Also, it means goodbye and good riddance to 100% humidity and frizzy hair here in Missouri. Not gonna miss that! Speaking of hair, here’s a cute meme that exactly describes what my hair looks like before my jiu-jitsu class begins and what it looks like after it ends. #jiujitsuhair
What’s the Diff?
I thought we might want to spend a quick blog post on one of my most used classroom management techniques that I think every teacher has to deal with – the tattle. Before we do, let’s pause for another funny meme.
Sometimes I even show this photo to my students when we have our first discussion about the difference between reporting and tattling just to lighten the mood a bit. When you can, making something humorous can help kids remember the information better.
Of course, my first introduction about the difference between reporting and tattling is NOT in October. That, of course, happens way back in August when I’m teaching all my other routines and procedures. I teach my kiddos the Rule of the 4 B’s:
If there is…
- BLOOD – someone is bleeding (real bleeding, not just a paper cut!)
- BONE – someone has broken a bone
- BARF – someone has vomited or feels like it could happen any second
- BULLYING – someone (you or another person) is being bullied
…then you need to immediately report that to me. I emphasize to them that this is information I need to know and I need to know it right away. That’s reporting. Anything else pretty much falls into the tattling department in my classroom.
When a student comes up to me and tells me a tattle, I ask them, “Was there blood? Was there a broken bone? Was there barf? Was anyone bullied? No? Are you reporting or tattling?” By the time my little questioning session is done, they know they were tattling and not reporting.
It’s always good to have occasional reminders throughout the year about this procedure, as with any of your procedures and routines. Use the image below to show students a side-by-side comparison between reporting and tattling.
You can also use this list of questions. It offers possible encounters children might face throughout the day and how to handle them.
How do you handle tattling in your classroom? If you need some resources, click on the link below for the image and the questions. Happy teaching!