9. The Tattletale – Every once in a while, you will encounter a student who constantly cries and complains that he is being picked on by other students. This puts you in a precarious position, because you want to be known as having a tough stance against bullying…however, this kid just crosses the line with all of his problems. He is constantly blurting out things that other students are doing to him (or what he perceives other students are doing to him). Some of the time you see what the other students are doing to him, but most of the time it seems like he is making stuff up. What you can do: In order to keep the flow of your class going, yet staying sensitive to his needs…tell the Tattler to keep a running list of names of kids and what infractions are being committed against him. Tell him to turn the list in at the end of class, and you will investigate each allegation and take action when appropriate. The Tattletale will appreciate you for taking his pain seriously, and stop (for the most part) his whining and blurting.
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