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Last year was my second year teaching and I realized after my difficult first year I needed a clear plan for classroom management. Besides sitting down and coming up with my routines and procedures for everything, I also knew I needed a way to make my classroom positive. I found I was able to do that by using the idea of Bucketfilling. I began by reading my class Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. We talked about how we fill buckets by being kind and dip buckets by bullying or being mean.
There's many places to find buckets. I thought about the silver ones because they were pretty cheap.
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My students fill each other's buckets by filling out a form. I was inspired by Beth Newingham's forms. You may download my forms for free:
This went along with the book in that you fill your bucket when you fill others people's buckets. My class adored this time and would always remind me when it was bucketfilling time. When the students collected 20 poms they got a bead for their bucketfilling necklace. I tied these on to their bucket. I am definitely changing this for next year to only collect 10 poms for a bead.
That's how I did bucketfilling in my classroom. I was amazed by the kindness that they showed towards each other naturally by the time the year was through. It also helped to have a common understanding of what good behavior looked like. I was able to simply ask the student if they were being a bucketfiller or bucket dipper. With their response, they were thinking about their behaviors and its impact on their classmates.