Bucket Fillers (Class Wide)

Several books have been written about "bucket fillers." Carol McCloud wrote a book called "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)". The premise of the book is the idea that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.

On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket & others’ when they say and do mean things.

In our classroom, we have a class bucket! Everyone is encouraged to fill the buckets by doing kind actions and complimenting each other. At the end of the week, we check on our bucket progress and talk about the kind things that help us fill it.  We also touch on things we can change in order to refrain from dipping into our bucket. 

Ask your child about our bucket and how they can help in our classroom.  We hope to fill it up soon!


Tickets (Individual Basis)

Tickets are used in our classroom as positive behavior reinforcement.  Students are expected to follow the class rules, however when a child goes above and beyond these expectations I reward their actions with a ticket. 

Tickets are kept inside their desks until our weekly ticket drawing on Fridays.  If their corresponding ticket number is drawn, they win a trip to the treasure box!  Five tickets are drawn each week.

Tickets focus on feeling good about doing good, with long-term gratification. 



Every student is aware of the expectations I hold for behavior.  There are clear boundaries and no surprises.  If, however, there are challenges to these boundaries or the reward systems stated above, there are appropriate consequences to match the behavior.

Generally my "3 Strike Rule" works like this:  1st offense = warning, 2nd repeat offense = warning & reminder of third offense, 3rd offsense = removal from situation or group to allow for independant reflection.  Students are always invited back to the group when they are ready.

Certain behaviors require specific consequences as their 3rd Strike:



play during work time

work during playtime

inappropriate line actions (excessive silliness, wandering, talking, etc)

hold teacher’s hand in line

poor group behavior

provided with own work station, away from group

playing/distraction with tickets, not during ticket drawing

tickets taken away

“dipping into someone else’s bucket”

(negative behaviors towards someone else)

warm fuzzy removed from our bucket*

worrying about others

Moved so student can focus on themselves, others can focus too

poor recess behavior

recess taken away

no homework

do homework

(depending on the regularity, either due the following day or during recess)

incomplete class-work

finish during catch-up clean-up time, weekly


appropriate conditions to regain trust lost from lying

“borrowing” answers on class-work

Given a new paper to try again to show their own work

cheating on a test (or even looking at a test paper that does not belong to you to compare your answers)

test invalidated* (opportunity to retake upon circumstances)

*This is an immediate consequence that does not fall under the "3 Strike Rule."