I can honestly say, I really enjoy my class this year!! I have a great group of 16 students - with a majority (10 to be exact) being girls and the rest boys. However, one thing that we have a constant issue with is tattling. Now, don't get me wrong - if there is some type of bullying going on or something that I need to be aware of, I don't mind. But when every day I go to pick my kids up from recess, lunch or a special class and they greet me with a tattle, it gets a little old.....especially since I'm dealing with 5th graders.
I've tried a few different techniques to stop this behavior but all have just about failed. So, in a last ditch effort, I have begun Character Certificates. I created these certificates that you see below (and can download for free in my TpT store) to help my students focus on the good things that they are doing and not the bad. Let me explain.
Each day, I randomly pick two students who will award two other students with a Character Certificate. Throughout the day, they are watching for someone who exhibits good character and kindness of some sort. It can be in the classroom or out on the playground. At the end of the day, they give me the certificates and I announce who it was, and why they were chosen. The students who were given the award get to put a sticker on their chart on our bulletin board and get a spin on our Puff Ball Machine (which you can read about in this previous post.) Now explaining to the student what they should and shouldn't be giving the award for did require a lengthy conversation with the them. We talked about not just giving the certificates to their friends or for someone just smiling at them but for demonstrating real character. And honestly, so far SO GOOD! I'm very impressed with what they are awarding each other for. Better yet - the tattling has all about stopped and has been replaced with conversations about the good things their classmates are doing. Now that in my opinion is success. Peers recognizing peers!
Here's hoping that this awesome behavior continues. What are some ways you deal with tattling?
And of course, feel free to download these certificates and use them in your own classroom. :-)