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Holding Students Accountable for Their "Bucket Filling"

By Beth Newingham on August 14, 2012
  • 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.

Comments (6)

Hello,This question is not about Filling the bucket but didn't know where to leave this comment.....on Graphs. In Common Core, we start with graphs. I looked all through your blog listings for your Graph project. I remembered that was one of your first. I was wondering if you could repost it. I noticed your archives didn't have your unit on Graphs either. It was one of the best units for Graphs. If I didn't look in the correct place on your home site let me know or pretty please put it back on.

I also have a question that is not directly related to this blog. I love the font you used in so many of your posters. What is the name of the font or is it a font you are selling? I have spent hours searching for it to add to some of the ones you made.

I hate to ask you on this blog, but I couldn't find any other way to contact you and no one else seems to know how either. On your website, there are two of your theme posters that are not showing up when we click on them to download. One is the "Cooperation" poster and the other is the "Always Tell the Truth" poster. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong or if the link is not working. Thank you so much for sharing all of your resources with the rest of us. I greatly appreciate it and you are helping my students tremendously! Any help you could provide with this would be so helpful!

I like this, but being charitable or "filling ones bucket" is not for a reward or recognition. I think I would do it the opposite and if a student saw another student "filling another's bucket" or their own then they fill out the card and the teacher keeps record. Either way something good is happening in the classroom.

I agree with the comment above. Kids would love this and feel like they are contributing in a good way.

This is a cool idea. My kids would love it.

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