Professional Development

July 25, 2011

DeBug System

Everyone has a different “let’s not tattletale” system. Some have tattling turtle, or a picture of the President and students “tell it to the president”, etc. I have never used anything like that because my first year teaching I was introduced to The DeBug System. I’m not sure if it’s from some training that happened ages ago or what, but I. LOVE. IT.

Here are the steps.
At the beginning of the year, we do a lot of roll playing as we talk through this system. I have used it with both Kindergarten and 1st Grade. It has worked wonderfully. I have had to train myself, also. I make sure and ask, “Have you used the DeBug?” It teaches the kids how to problem solve when someone or something is “buggin’ ” them. We also talk about the times when they can skip straight to “Get an Adult’s Help.” Again, lots of role playing and modeling. It takes a couple of weeks, but the time pays off! With a few exceptions, I do not have a ton of tattling. I attach this document to the outside of their folder that goes home with them daily. Parents are made aware at the beginning of the year when we discuss expectations. They love it and use it at home often. They also are able to use it when discussing the day with their child.
I HIGHLY recommend the DeBug. I’m going to give you my print out that I use. I hope you decide to give it a try this year!
HERE you go! You can read more about it HERE!

Happy Teaching,



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11 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your “tattling” system. I have really been struggling with all the tattling this year with my students.I hope this new approach will help to curb their need to tattle after recess each day.

  2. Great idea! I will be sharing this with the student teachers I work with in the fall. I like the positive approach and subtle social skills training. Thanks!

  3. I definitely am going to post this in my room next year and also send a copy in the kids’ Friday Folders. This is great! Thank you.

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