Monday, October 10, 2011

Goal Update

Remember this goal from my Goal Guru post?

Goal 1: Organize a school wide Bucket Filling Campaign using Carol McCloud's Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Update #1: I am every excited that as of October 3rd, 2011 I was able to read "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" to my entire school (staff too).  Here is the lesson I used:

Step 1-Read "Have You Filled a Bucket Today" to every class. Introduce the book as a story about how to make yourself feel great, and how to make everyone else in the WHOLE WORLD feel great too! After reading discuss the meaning behind the book. Be sure to ask students if they filled, or if anyone in their class, filled their buckets that day.  With my older students I helped them to make the connection that bucket is a metaphor for their self esteem. 

Step 2: I gave each classroom one of these buckets:
I explained to the class that purpose of their classroom bucket was to remind them to be a bucket filler everyday.  I purchased 30 of these buckets at the Christmas Tree Shop Christmas Tree Shops for 50 cents each(love a bargain)!

Step3: I asked students to color in their own personal bucket, and to draw/write what they can do to be bucketfillers.  I used the handout from Bucketfillers101.  After students completed this assignment, I stapled all of them together to make their class's very own, very special "bucketfilling book".  I reminded students that if some reason they don't remember how to fill a bucket, they can go to their classroom bucket, and look through their class's bucket book to get ideas!

How have you taught "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" Stay tuned for more Bucket Filling Updates!


  1. this is such a cute idea. you are the best counselor ever!!


  2. Great Lesson!! I will check Christmas Tree Shop to see if they have any more buckets! I was planning to use this same book school wide to promote our school theme of everyone matters!! Great idea! Cute buckets too!

  3. YAY! Great lesson and school-wide integration!! My daughter drew happy faces (from the How Are You Feeling Today? poster) onto our buckets with a Sharpie for decor option idea!

    The Corner On Character

  4. Thank you ladies! I will be posting more about my campaign as the weeks go on!