In our ED classroom, tattling is a incredible nuisance. Not only does it get on our nerves, it also sets off the other student who thinks he's going to get in trouble. We have a tattle card system which has helped decrease frequent tattling. It is a way for a student to privately report a discretion without advising the rest of the class. Students must fill out a tattle card and place it in the tattle jar. The card will be reviewed and we can determine if it's a problem that needs addressed.
I also thought that, in the same way, students might need to inform the teacher that someone is picking on them, or they might need to reach out to the teacher for another need. Keeping these concerns confidential might encourage a shy student to better communicate.
I also threw in a couple cards to encourage persistence and accomplishment. Give them to your students when you see excellent work demonstrated. Plus, cacti are adorable!
Each of these 3"x 5" cards is offered individually as a PDF. There is also a PDF with four cards to a page, as well as a Word document with four cards to a page.
Thanks for looking and stay sharp!