Holding Students Accountable for Their "Bucket Filling"
- Grades: 3–5
You may find that you need to hold students accountable for their bucket-filling acts to make the activity most beneficial to you and your students. If you find that your students are just adding pom-poms throughout the day without a real purpose (not being sincere about their bucket filling), you may want to implement a system in which your students must write down their bucket-filling act so that you can read it before they are able to add a pom-pom to their bucket.
My teacher partner and I tried this once and it worked well for us. Next to the bucket-filler display in our classroom, we store bucket-filler cards printed on multi-colored paper. When students feel like they have filled someone's bucket, they put their name on the card and describe their bucket-filling act. Download the Bucket-Filling Form in Microsoft Word or as a PDF.
The students can place their bucket-filler cards in the container throughout the school day. My teaching partner or I quickly read the cards after the students leave for the day and return them to the students the next morning. When the students see their bucket-filler card returned to them on their desk the following morning, they can then add a pom-pom to their bucket.
This is nice because it requires students to reflect on their actions, and we can compliment them on their specific acts of kindness.