So it is that time again...tattle tales! My team mate is having a huge issue in her classroom this month and I offered up my Don't Squeal Unless it's a Big Deal book by Jeanie Franz Ransom. I even sent our special stand with it. Yeah...it is that important to us that it has it's own stand:) It is a great story about a classroom of pigs that squeal so much their teacher passes out. Once she recovers they begin to discuss what a child size problem is and what an adult size problem is.
I read this book the first week of school and then randomly read it if I get a run of tattlers. I love they way it encourages children to work to solve their problems on their own and how to recognize when they need help.
I also introduce Extra, Extra! Tell Mrs. Schroeder about it. I place these half sheets in our writing center and if children feel the need to tell me something they can grab a sheet and jot down their thoughts. I ask that they place it in my mailbox. After school I always enjoy reading them and even responding.
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