June 25, 2003
Working with kids ages 7-8 provides plenty of opportunity for them to tattle on one another. I finally got tired of sitting at my desk and hearing someone shout out, 'I'm going to tell the teacher!' so I decided to utilize the large two-foot stuffed frog I have in my classroom. I tell the students that if they have a complaint they have to tell it to the frog (unless they have a medical need). The students have to write down their complaint on a piece of paper and insert it in the bowl next to the frog on the counter. The frog responds to them later in the day. During my break time, I read the complaints the children write down and respond in writing. For example, if a child writes, 'Sally is being mean to me.' I would write back: 'Frogger says it's okay to ignore people who are being mean to you. If they are truly your friend, they will come by and say they are sorry later on.' The kids love writing notes to Frogger and the notes have decreased the amount of tattling going on in the room.