Whenever a kid wants to tattle, and I can see them coming from a mile away, or just complain, I tell them to write it in the listening box. By the time they've written down and put it in the box they are usually over their little problemo!
Here's what it looks like. Can you see the BIG EARS?
|. . . is being mean to me by copying my monster.|
I am happy to say the listening box is almost retired as students are getting tired of writing down their little problems!