As a substitute teacher, I always go into a classroom and look at it as a learning experience for my future classroom. It never fails that in the younger grades I'll always get some tattlers. It's a fact of life. However, I was in a kindergarten classroom that still had some tattling, but the students could self monitor. How is this you ask? Insert "a bug and a wish!"
Here's an example:
Student A comes up to you and says: "Johnny took my pencil."
Teacher says: "Use a bug and a wish."
Student A goes over to Johnny and says "It bugs me when you take my pencil, I wish you would stop taking my pencil."
Students self monitor, and the teacher doesn't have to stop and sort out the problem.
Isn't this a great idea?
This would also work for parents as well. It would definitely save you your sanity!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Can you see this working? Leave me a comment and let me know!