May 14, 2003
To cut down on the number of tattling episodes in the classroom, I punch out construction paper shapes, enough for one per student each day of the week. I use a different cutout or color for each day. Students write their names on the small shapes. If students want to tattle, they must turn in their shape. Once a shape is turned over to me, they do not get to tattle again that day. Shapes can be saved up for important tattling. Tattling has decreased considerably. Students self-monitor in order to determine whether or not they want to use their cutout for a situation, or if they should keep it. The system also cuts down on group-tattling. Everyone in the group must give up a shape if they tattle.