So one day, while browsing the web, I stumbled upon something that I thought was genius...and I adapted it to work for me. It is the "Incident Report Form". It came from Whole Brain Teaching (which, at the time I found it was called Power Teaching and had a much less daunting website...possibly because PT was in it's infancy and just growing at the time.) This was a simple little form the students fill out when they come off the yard and have something they want to tell me. Here is the form that I put out for my students.
I made mine on Vista Print, but here is one for you to print out and use (I did use a paper one before I discovered the wonderful
It is uber-simple. It asks the students to tell me when the incident happened, who was involved (using the language of "bullying" we learned in our bullying unit), what exactly happened, and MOST IMPORTANTLY what the reporter would like me to do about it.
I have to say, since doing this a few years ago, tattling has all but stopped in my room. The students either decide that writing it out is worth it, or the incident wasn't all that important. Now, if someone is bleeding or hurt, they know to tell me immediately, but otherwise, these forms have been a blessing.
What do you do to combat tattling in your class?