Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bucket Filling Campaign

To kick off my Bucket Filling Campaign this year I teamed up with the art teacher to have her help make the bulletin board below:

Teachers have been asked to reward students by giving them a "I am a Bucket Filler" slip when they see them engaging in bucket filling behavior.  Students are asked to bring those slips home to share with their families. The teacher then notifies me via email that they gave a student an "I am a Bucket Filler" slip and I create a bucket with their name to put on our special "Have You Filled a Bucket Today"  board.

I also read the names of all the students that were Bucket Fillers during the announcements on Monday mornings.  Additionally, I am keeping track of all our Bucket Fillers. The grade with the most Bucket Fillers will receive a special party at the end of the year.

Students, staff, and families have all been supportive of my Bucket Filling Campaign. It is off to a great start!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Peace Pledge Business Cards!

How great are these business card size Peace Pledge cards?  I encourage students to put them in their wallets, or share them with other friends and family members.   Such a fun and easy giveaway :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011


‎"If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't 


As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when 

you find it. 

And, like any great relationship, it just gets 

better and better as the years roll on." 

Steve Jobs

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!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Happy Peace Week!

"You may say that I'm dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
and the world will live as one"

I am using John Lennon's Imagine to talk about peace with my 5-7th graders in honor of Peace Week.  It has proved to be a GREAT conversation starter and a chance to teach this generation about the Beatles :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Peace Program!

Using the Peace Pledge as my foundation I have created a "Peace Program".  Just a quick re-cap of some of the component's in the program I have blogged about thus far:

1. Reciting the Peace Pledge daily.

2. Monthly Peace Pals

3. Peace Leaders

4. Teaching class lessons based on the C.A.R.E.S traits

One of the ways I have marketed the program is by actually making myself the "peace lady".  I give the peace sign to students in the hallways, I often wear very bold "peaceful" jewelry, and use the "peaceful" symbol below on my written communication to staff and families.

This picture was taken

The Peace Program helps to achieve my mission of "creating a “Community of Peace” by helping all students, staff, and parents capitalize on their strengths, and reach high levels of academic and personal achievement".