I've been noticing more students are passing notes during class. Since I teach 4th I kinda expected it to happen eventually, but I'm not sure how to handle it. On the one hand, I see it kinda as a developmental way for them to negotiate "4th grader" things (she won't be my friend if I hang out with Ashley, I don't want to work on the science project with you because I don't agree with how you want to do it, etc.), but on the other hand, I have no way of knowing if there is bullying going on inside a note. Frequently I am interrupted by a student who is looking for help on dealing with one issue or another which takes my time and attention away from whatever I was doing. Lately a few girls have been having what are in their minds big issues with each other. If I let them talk it out quietly during school time they would accomplish nothing else. So, to avoid this being just a vent post, what do you all a to z-er's think about the topic?