Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller provide a great strategy for addressing tattling in this brief article. Moorman and Haller examine common strategies used to address tattling and explain that while they may decrease tattling, these strategies do not encourage students to be independent problem-solvers. The authors then present an easy-to-use framework to assist students in determining how to appropriately handle small (and large) concerns in the classroom.
I love the suggestions in this excerpt from Maryln Appelbaum's book How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers A Guide for Early Childhood Educators! Although geared toward preschoolers, the strategies for addressing tattling are creative, effective and promote independence and caring in all students. From suggestions on how you should respond to individual tattlers to strategies for directly addressing widespread tattling, Appelbaum is a resource I refer to repeatedly!
This video by TEACHthroughLove is an excellent reference for new and veteran teachers for a number of reasons. A great discussion of the reasons why students tattle is presented, along with insightful, practical tips for addressing tattling. I like the anecdotes included in the video, along with solid strategies for promoting appropriate telling and independent problem-solving.
In this excerpt from the book The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable, author Angela Watson approaches tattling from the framework of a helping community and self-sufficiency in students.To be exact, Watson explains how to reduce tattling by having consistent expectations for students. She also explains how to encourage students to effectively solve their own problems so they don't need to tattle to you. I love Watson's perspective as we
Elaine M. Gibson does a great job of presenting tattling as a complex behavior in this article. She explains why children may tattle and also provides several concrete strategies for tackling this behavior. Her suggestions are amazing because they focus on teacher understanding of and response to tattling and not just the student behavior.
This blog post by Tiny Teaching Shack is FULL of amazing strategies, activities, and other resources great for addressing tattling. Taking a problem-solving perspective, the materials are straight-forward and ready to use. This resource is definitely worth book-marking!
In this Responsive Classroom newsletter article, Margaret Berry Wilson does an amazing job exploring not only strategies for addressing tattling, but also why students tattle. In addition she discusses the possible negative effects of banning tattling in the classroom and suggests techniques that support increased problem-solving, community-building, and independence in students. I love the concrete examples provided with each strategy and have found that I return to this article again and again
This article by Michael Linsin is a thought-provoking resource that presents tattling in a non-conventional light. Rather than discouraging students from tattling, Linsin presents an excellent argument for why tattling may indicate that you need to change or enforce your classroom management plan. This article also includes several practical tips for reducing tattling by maintaining an effective classroom management plan.