About the Author
Kimberly Koskos is dedicated to children and helping them become problem solvers and caring, empathetic individuals. She has a passion for supporting children to achieve their personal best and always encourages them to make good choices. Kimberly has taught elementary education in the public school system for the past thirteen years after earning her teaching degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree in school and community counseling from Oakland University. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her kids, camping, and being outdoors. Kimberly currently resides in Shelby Township, Michigan, with her husband, Kevin, and three daughters, Karlie, Kaelyn and Kloey.
Encouraging kids to become problem solvers and stand up to negative behavior ...
Dear Reader,

It can be difficult to handle a situation when someone you know is being mean or being picked on by another student. Using problem-solving strategies like ignoring the situation or moving away from others’ misbehaviors are helpful in trying to handle the problem yourself. Unfortunately, like Lexie in the story, some kids take things too far and don’t always stop. Knowing the difference between tattling and reporting can help determine if an adult needs to intervene. A tattle is intended to get another student or someone else in trouble or to gain attention. A report is when you or someone you know is being intentionally harmed by another person, whether physically or mentally.
 As educators and parents, role playing and discussing scenarios of behaviors distinguishing tattling vs. reporting helps kids to develop problem-solving skills. It also facilitates empathy, confidence, and encourages kids to treat others respectfully.
 It is my hope to encourage kids to be problem solvers and stand up to negative behavior.
 Best to all and make good choices.
 Kimberly Koskos

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