Sometimes (or more than sometimes) we see tattling as a problem that adults need to solve for the child. This lesson plan puts the learning in the students’ hands. Instead of focusing on stopping them from tattling, this activity uses a book and games to get the children thinking about the differences between being a tattler and being a reporter.
Using music to keep your students’ attention is a creative way to get the message across. This video does exactly that – with tattling. The sing-song quality will stick in your students’ minds, making this one that you could repeat over and over again (even without the video).
This video may not be flashy or fancy, but it’s test-like tattling or telling structure makes it beyond helpful for any teacher who is trying to teach the difference. It made me realize that we all need to start from a place of knowing how to categorize tattling vs. telling behaviors. It’s ideal for showing to young students who might need help making the differentiation.
I found the author’s point of view verging on enlightening. As teachers, we tend to think of tattling as something that we must ban. This piece speaks to the idea of proactively and positively handling the behavior, and not just shutting it down. The solutions are so clear and concrete. The idea of “building a culture of safety” is a real game-changer.
There’s nothing like a real-life scenario to illustrate a teachable moment. The ‘scenario, quick response, long-term solution’ set-up in this article helped me to see how the tattling solution could play out in the classroom.