You might also rephrase the definition of tattling when the
child approaches you. Let them know that tattling is
for "letting the teacher know about a problem that you cannot
handle on your own."
You might also do a whole-class lesson on the difference
between tattling and telling.
Tattling - Trying to get attention for yourself. Try to
Telling - You SHOULD tell if someone is hurt. Or if you have
a really BIG problem you can't handle on your own.
Give specific examples and have the class determine if it's
tattling or telling.
- "Billy is coloring with a red crayon and you told us to use
a blue crayon. Is this tattling or telling?" (tattling)
- "Mary fell down by the bookshelf! Is this tattling or
- "John didn't put his boots in the hallway when he came into
the classroom. Is this tattling or telling?" (tattling)
- "Jenny keeps pushing me when I told her to stop. Is this
tattling or telling?" (telling)