My building spends a lot of time talking about "bucket filling". Our counselor covers this concept in her lessons using the Have You Filled a Bucket Today? book.
The idea is that people can help to fill the buckets of those around them by supporting others, saying nice things, performing acts of kindness and being a helpful friend. When others fill our buckets, we feel joy, have energy, and look forward to each day. When others say mean things, make faces, and don't support someone, they dip into their bucket. When this happens, they feel upset, have little energy, and may dread coming to school the next day.
I spend a lot of time in my classroom talking about how we are a family. We spend a lot of time together and while I don't expect all my students to be best friends, I expect them to work to fill each others' buckets during the school week.
Sometime during second semester, we need a reminder about filling others' buckets. In my fourth grade class, this happens around the end of 3rd quarter. My students are all ready for a break from each other when it's time to go on our Spring Break. When we return from break, we normally start our state & district standardized assessments.
To pump them up, we use these pages as an activity to fill buckets and boost their self esteem. I create one page for each student (copied two sided on colored card stock). Then, we either sit in a circle (if space allows) or put pages out on each desk. I then start a timer and we pass these pages around and everyone writes one positive or nice thing about that person on their page. I pass around a sheet for me, too, and I write on all of their pages. You should see the smiles on their faces when they get their own pages back!
So many of my students keep these pages in the front cover of their HW folders for the rest of the year. I display my page on my wall to show the students how much I love their notes to me!
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