About a year ago, I created a monster: the Tattle Monster.
I saw the idea on Pinterest. If someone is hurt, the kids are supposed to come tell me. If no one is hurt, a student can write his or her tattle on a slip of paper and feed it to the Tattle Monster for me to read later.
It worked GREAT last year.
This year, not so much.
Today, after recess, I had four kids crowded around the Tattle Monster. I shooed them away and saw that I had 15 tattles in the box... from this morning only. FIFTEEN.
So I said, "This is the end of the Tattle Monster" and all of these things about how maybe we should all just be nice to each other so that no one has tattles to write.
I may have gotten a little caught up in my not-so-kind speech about kindness that I may have made a big show of throwing the Tattle Monster in the trash can.
We're lining up to switch classes in 30 seconds, I told myself, I'll just get it out of the trash can when they leave.
Well, 30 seconds turned into 4 hours. I didn't remember to take the Tattle Monster out of the trash can until I got home and the trash was long-gone to the school dumpster.
Have you had any success with a tattle box?
What are your favorite activities to do to encourage kindness?
Any other suggestions?
P.S. I love you, Seth Cohen.