We are Bucket Fillers
Do you know about Bucket Filling? I heard about it a few years ago when I was shown this book. It is a great little story to help kids to understand how much their words and actions impact others. After reading they are always excited to share about how their bucket has been both filled and dipped from.
I love the idea behind this and thought let’s give this a go. I made my chart and my notes and did my best to use the language with the kids and encourage them to recognize each other. The problem with first graders is that most can’t write a whole lot at the beginning of the year so they would come to me. If I didn’t write the note right away it would get forgotten. Eventually it just became something on the wall and the whole idea was forgotten.
I was determined to try again this year but I didn’t want to recreate the problems I have had with implementing this in the past. I jazzed up their little pocket “buckets” with colorful labels and read the book again. We had the same conversation I have had in the past and the kids were super excited to start recognizing each other. They each wrote about how they could fill each other’s buckets. We were off…
This year the bucket notes were super simple. The student’s simply wrote their name on the slip and then put it in their friend’s pocket. They can do that by themselves! I asked them to make sure to tell their friend why they deserved a bucket note. This is so much simpler and effective. Right now most of the pockets are brimming. I will be recognizing a few of those students who have pockets that are looking a little empty.
I am hoping this continues. I am already finding kids going over and getting a note without coming to me first. It is nice to see them use it independently.
If you are looking for a simpler way to try “filling buckets” this might be what you need.
This has gotten off to an AWESOME start so I will link up once again with Erin at Mrs. Beattie's Classroom to share my awesome