Our Bucketfilling programs leave behind an easy-to-understand metaphor that becomes a part of the social-emotional fabric of the school community.  With a little bit of continuation and continuity it becomes a forever tool in the character education toolbelt that is accessible at all times by students, staff, and families.  Here is how we teach it:

School Assemblies: I offer large group assemblies (K-2/3 is 40 minutes, and 3-5/6 is 45 minutes).

Student Enrichment workshops: I offer a variety of 20-30 minute whole-grade enrichment workshops.  Workshops are typically delivered after the assemblies, are highly interactive and allow students extra time in a smaller group setting to work with the concept of choosing kindness as a habit.

Parent Morning workshops: Parent workshops (45 min) provide opportunities for parents and caretakers to learn ways to support and grow the bucketfilling message in the home environment.

The Younger assembly (K-2/3) lasts approximately 40 minutes and includes the following:

  • Introduction to the bucketfilling metaphor and how our personal bucket level impacts how we feel
  • Concept of choice in being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper
  • Power of Kindness, Caring, Loving, and Sharing for filling others’ and our buckets
  • Power of Meanness, Anger, Selfishness, and Bullying for dipping in others’ and our buckets
  • Concept of the “lid” of resilience
  • Four students come up, play instruments to "Fill More Dip Less" song
  • Benefits of a GOODMORNING and being Alive Awake Alert Enthusiastic!
  • Four teachers come up, have silly hats put on them, take bucketfilling "test"
  • Repeat after me Bucketfillers Song (“singing oh way oh!”)
  • Simple pledge
  • Presentation of framed certificate to Principal

The Older assembly (3/4-6) is a bit different, very interactive, is funny and engaging, and lasts approx. 40 minutes:

  • Introduction to the bucketfilling metaphor and how our personal bucket impacts how we feel
  • Concept of choice in being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper
  • Power of Kindness, Caring, Loving, and Sharing for filling others’ and our buckets
  • Power of Meanness, Anger, Selfishness, and Bullying for dipping in others’ and our buckets
  • Concept of the “lid” of resilience
  • Three ways to be an incredible bucketfiller:
    • Have more fun
    • Be more positive
    • Be more welcoming
  • Bucketfiller Rap
  • Simple pledge
  • Presentation of framed certificate to Principal

The 7th and 8th grade programs are grade-level presentations that bring the core concepts of the assemblies to life in a fast-paced, funny, and highly-engaging learning experience that includes relevant stories, multi-media examples, and student involvement. While this is admittedly a challenging age group to move to outcomes in a 40-minute presentation, the simplicity of the message and the power of the metaphor accelerate the internalization of the benefits that will motivate participants toward mindful, intentional positive behavior choices.

Description of Grade-Level Workshops

The grade-level workshops are always changing and evolving as Kelly discovers and creates new activities, object lessons, examples, and  video clips to reinforce the content in meaningful ways.

For K-2nd graders, Kelly uses songs, repetition, and physical movement to help children remember specific ways to act in order to be a bucketfiller, ways to prevent being an accidental or purposeful dipper, and ways to remember to use our lid.

For 3rd-6th graders Kelly will clarify the metaphor and discuss examples of behaviors and how they apply their daily lives, have staff dramatize bucketfilling vs bucketdipping using “real” interpersonal examples from their day, and then also do a pair-share activity where the students learn a little bit more about their fellow students (it’s about building community, getting to know each other, finding out what makes us unique, leads to empathy and appreciation of others).

 

 

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