Have you ever heard of bucket filling? Bucket filling is a lot like the golden rule: Do unto others as you wish they would do unto you. We all have an invisible bucket in our souls When our buckets are full, we are content and able to cope. When students have full buckets, they are able to learn. Their buckets are full of good thoughts and good feelings. They are able to be content and fulfilled at school. Filling each other's buckets helps students be fulfilled. When our buckets are empty, we are sad. When people dip our buckets by treating us poorly, we feel unfulfilled. When students have their buckets dipped, they cannot learn or be fulfilled at school.
We spend time at our schools helping your children learn how to fill buckets. "Bucket fillers" are those who help without being asked, give high-fives and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps even preschoolers understand the importance of consideration and love, particularly towards those who need it. People who "dip" into our bucket often rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. The challenge of "bullying" or "bucket dipping" can rear its ugly head anytime at school and is often contagious. We address it in a positive manner by teaching students to be considerate, generous, and thoughtful.
This link has many more ideas for how your children can learn to fill buckets instead of dipping them.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.