We are Bucket Fillers! Students read "Have you Filled a Bucket Today?" and write how they will fill someone's bucket or a time someone has filled their bucket.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: Buckets and Pompoms Using pompoms and buckets make the concept of kindness to others into something concrete young children can better understand.
While I work hard to ensure that I am providing my students with the best academic instruction on a daily basis, I also take time to teach the students in my classroom to be good citizens who care for and respect each other.While I work hard to ensure that I am providing my students with the best academic instruction on a daily basis, I also take time to teach the students in my classroom to be good citizens who care for and respect each other. While the teaching of these "life skills" should certainly not fall solely on the shoulders of us teachers, I do believe it is important to help build good character in our students. Teachers can help students value themselves and each other when we encourage them to be helpful, compassionate, unselfish classmates. In my classroom, my teaching partner and I call these positive students "bucket fillers." As the explains, "'Bucket fillers' are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others." Bucket filling is a common act in our classroom and one that does not go unrecognized! to learn how we teach and encourage bucket filling in our classroom, see of our bucket-filler chart, and download a that you can use to promote bucket filling in your own classroom.
First of all, let me point out that this concept is not something I came up with! According to the site, "Carol McCloud first heard the idea that a 'bucket' represented a person's self-concept, or mental and emotional health, at an early childhood conference in the 1990s. It was in the 1960s that Dr. Donald O. Clifton (1924–2003), first created the 'Dipper and Bucket' story that has now been passed along for decades. Dr. Clifton later went on to co-author the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? and be named the Father of Strengths Psychology." You can learn more about the bucket-filling concept and even order the children's book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by visiting the .
Next to the bucket-filler display in our classroom, we store bucket-filler cards printed on multi-colored paper. When students feel like they have filled someone's bucket, they put their name on the card and describe their bucket-filling act. Download the in MS Word or as a .