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.
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.