At Southwest we are a BUCKET FILLING school. Students receive recognition from teachers/staff when they are caught doing good deeds. If your student brings home a Gotcha sticker, please ask them what they did to get one. When a teacher gives them a "gotcha", they bring it to the office and receive a sticker and a treat. They are also entered in a drawing for an additional bucket filler prize. If their name is drawn, they can choose from a bracelet, bookmark, pencil, tattoo, or sticker. We also encouraged students to catch other students being bucket fillers and to let me know about it! Students can report the bucket filling behaviors of other students by scanning my QR code and sending me a message.
In February, 2016 the author of HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?, Carol McCloud came to our school and spoke with students, parents, and teachers. Because of her visit, we became the first official Bucket Filling School in Oklahoma!!! :) How awesome is that!
The Theory of the Dipper
and the Bucket
Each one of us has an invisible bucket.
It is contantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us.
When our bucket is full, we feel great.
When it is empty, we feel awful.
Each of us has an invisible dipper.
When we use that dipper to fill other people's bucket ~ by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions ~ we also fill our own bucket.
But when we use that dipper to dip from others' buckets ~ by doing or saying things that decrease their positive emotions ~ we diminish ourselves.
Like the cup that runneth over, a full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy. Every drop in that bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic.
But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. That's why every time someone dips from our bucket, it hurts us.
So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another's buckets, or we can dip from them.
It's an important choice ~ one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness.