Have you ever had a class where you feel like they couldn't get along with their own shadow? In reality, it's only a handful of students who want to "report" every infraction, but it's exhausting when you get this group. I've found 2 different things that help combat tattling syndrome.
#1 - Warm Fuzzies
This will redirect your students' focus. Suddenly, they are looking for the good their classmates are doing rather than the bad. Here's a handout with a couple of tips:
#2 - Kelso's Choices
This is an amazing conflict resolution program that teaches children important life skills/ I set up a "Kelso's Corner". Students who have a conflict go to the corner to discuss their conflict. After they work out their problem and agree on a Kelso's solution, they report to me which solution they use - not the details of the actual conflict because it was already worked out in the corner. It never fails, when my students hear two students having a disagreement about something, they tell the two to "go to the corner". Eventually, students manage their own conflicts with little support needed from me.
Here's the choices that they use to solve their conflicts: