I am so happy to be linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Spark Student Motivation linky party. I am mostly excited to head over to her blog and read about (okay borrow) some new ideas to get me through the end of the year. Click on the button to head over to her blog.
This week I am sharing our Bucket Filling program. I will not go into details about the book or the message since I am sure you all already now about it - I am just going to share how I run the program in my class.
This is our 3rd year of bucket filling and my favorite so far. Each Friday we take the last 30 minutes to fill buckets. Each students gets this sheet and fills it out for two classmates (or their) teacher if they are feeling so inclined).
|I don't know where I got this form, sorry, I tried Google Images but couldn't find it!|
I have extra copies for myself - I select a couple of students that I want to acknowledge and then do anyone who hasn't gotten one from a classmate. I add stickers and pretty colour ink to mine so they are super special.
We have used buckets when a classmate is seriously ill or having a particularly difficult time. My class loves reading their comments and having gotten so good at saying thank you to each other. I usually make them wait till they are packed up to get them - but I always catch a few kids sneaking a peek and then putting them right back!
My favorite part of my program this year is how we deliver our buckets. I use the pocket chart that is attatched to my book cart - it is supposed to be for signing out books but I made it our bucket filling area - here it is:
|Sign from Christina Bainbridge http://www.bainbridgeclass.com/bucketsign.pdf|
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