Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue

I'm so excited to team up with a bunch of blogger friends to share some of Julia Cook's amazing books! One of my favorites is A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. I read this book at the beginning of each school year and throughout the year when my students need a gentle reminder about tattling versus telling.


A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is about a young boy named Josh who doesn't have many friends. In fact, everyone at school called him "Josh the Tattler." His mom grew tired of the tattling and warned him of getting tattle tongue. With the help of Tattle Prince, Josh learned the difference between tattling and telling! You can learn more about the author, Julia Cook, by clicking the book cover below. 


I love this book because it describes scenarios that happen in all of our classrooms each and every day. Sometimes it can be very hard for students to distinguish when they need to tell or when it is best to solve the problem on their own and the examples Julia included illustrate it very clearly. I really like the Tattle Prince's Tattle Rules--what a great way help our students become independent and proactive problem solvers!

I've created a visual reminder that I display in my classroom. When I notice a student that is just dying to tell me something I remind them to look at the poster to make sure that they really need to tell me. Just click the picture to download it.



There are lots of great ideas to curb the tattling in classrooms. Some teachers have a stuffed animal that students can talk to, students can "tell the shell" and whisper into a conch shell, or create a tattle pledge that all students sign to remind them of their responsibility in contributing to the caring classroom.

What are your tips and tricks for dealing with tattling in your classroom?

11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the poster and the collection of books! Unfortunately, I need several of those stories to read to my class this year! ;)

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  2. Excellent poster, thanks! Some children really seem to have trouble with coping when other people aren't doing what they "should" (according to the child).

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  3. This is an awesome poster, thank you so much for sharing it! I just translated it into German, and it will find its way into my classroom in some days! :-)

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  4. GREAT IDEA THANKS SO MUCH, I WILL TRY THIS BOOK AND POSTER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2014 SCHOOL YEAR!

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  5. When my sons were small, I got soooooo tired of hearing how someone had bullied them on the playground, they told the teacher who was on patrol and got the answer to "deal with it yourself". Then they got in trouble for retaliating! Adults need to be adults!!

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    1. You misunderstand. Imagine a 25 pupil classroom and interruptions are constant because children are telling, "He stepped on my foot", "He won't turn around", "She's playing with that pencil". The list goes on and on. This only teaches how to handle minor situations on their own.... which is why it urges you to ask if someone is hurt or in danger as primary questions. If this is the case, the entire chart is bypassed and should report the incident to the teacher immediately. This is not implemented to remove the teacher from the situation. This only reduces the instances of minor tattling so the teacher can handle the issues that matter most so teaching may occur. After all, it's not a daycare, it's a school, where learning must take place.

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  6. Hi,

    I love your poster and need it for my classroom. But, unfortunately when I try to download it I get an error message. Is there another way that I can get it?
    Thank you!

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  7. Great idea, thanks for sharing the poster!

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  8. I have a "tattle book" the kids can use to write down their problems. I promise I will read each report by the end of the day. Half the time the 'problem' is gone. Reports become less frequent quickly! Too much work to write...ha!😃

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  9. I have a "tattle book" the kids can use to write down their problems. I promise I will read each report by the end of the day. Half the time the 'problem' is gone. Reports become less frequent quickly! Too much work to write...ha!😃

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