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Creative teacher’s solution to students’ daily grievances: the “Tattle Box” [Video]



What You Need To Know!

  • An elementary school teacher in Washington D.C. created a “Tattle Box” to collect her students’ complaints and grievances.
  • Students are asked to write their name and some information about their tattle on a form before placing it in the box.
  • The Tattle Box has helped with conflict resolution, positive communication, and giving reserved students a voice.

Jillian Magee, a third-grade teacher in the Washington D.C. area, has found a fun and creative way to handle her young students’ daily grievances.

She created a “Tattle Box” where her students can share their complaints and concerns, no matter how small or trivial they may seem.

Magee came up with the idea when her students would interrupt her mid-sentence in class to report on other students’ behavior. To keep the class on track and still address her students’ concerns, she asked them to write their tattles down on a sticky note and put it on her desk.

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However, this resulted in a desk full of sticky notes. Her solution was to create a “Tattle Form” that asked for the student’s name and some information about their tattle. She then transformed an empty tissue box into a receptacle for everything that might be bothering her students.

Not only has the Tattle Box helped with conflict resolution and positive communication, but it has also given reserved students a voice.

“If they have something that they want to tell me, but they’re too afraid to say it in person, they can write it down instead,” Magee said. And it seems that other teachers have taken notice, with many commenting that they plan to implement the “tattle form” in their own classrooms.