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Tattle Box

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I was having major problems with students tattling. I devised a way to end constant interruptions by decorating a shoebox, making a slit on the top, and putting it in a prominent place in the room. I then placed a small pad of paper on it and told the class that any child who had to communicate with me (tattle) should write a note, sign it, and put it in the slot. I checked inside the box a few times a week and addressed any issues when I had time.

What I discovered was that the problems weren't as major if a child had to take the time to write it out. Also, if parents commented that their child felt I was not available, I told them about the box and that I encouraged students to communicate with me by using it. This one little box has solved an awful lot of problems.

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