Bucket Filling from A to Z Bulletin Board

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Wow, it has been a year since I have written a post! I guess the school year really did get the best of me!

I decided to stick with the “Bucket Filling” theme for this school year and created a “Bucket Filling from A to Z” bulletin board. I bought cut out buckets at the Parent Teacher Store and wrote one way that we can be bucket fillers on the buckets for each letter of the alphabet. Some of them are a bit of a stretch – I’d love to hear your ideas for the more challenging letters! Here is how it turned out as well as the list of words that I used! Happy Bucket Filling!ūüôā

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A: Assist

B: Boost

C: Care

D: Donate

E: Encourage

F: Fix

G: Give

H: Help

I: Invite

J: Join

K: Know

L: Listen

M: Mentor

N: Nurture

O: Offer

P: Participate

Q: Question

R: Respect

S: Smile

T: Teach

U: Unity

V: Volunteer

W: Welcome

X: eXcite

Y: Yearn

Z: Zoom

Whoo Can Help You With…

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Most of you have probably already seen this on School Counselor Blog, but I did want to share my version as I am very proud of it, haha! As many of you know I am by NO means an artist, but I take immense pride in my cutting and gluing skills, haha. I LOVED the idea of having a poster in the hallway leading to my office that explains what a School Counselor does. We all know that there is immense confusion about our role amongst students, teachers, parents, and administrators, so a poster like this definitely cannot hurt!

Here is School Counselor Blog’s version…

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And here is my version! (Don’t mind the buckets surrounding it – I used them for extra hallway decoration!)

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Bucket Filling Lesson and Bulletin Board

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At the end of last year I asked my principal for a bulletin board that I could use to display student work, information about upcoming events, etc. My principal came through and got me a beautiful, and HUGE, board! I am thrilled to use it and think it will be a great PR tool for me!

For my first bulletin board, I really wanted to post the gorgeous and adorable buckets that my 1st and 2nd grade students created last year. We read the book¬†Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud (a counselor ESSENTIAL – if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do!). To sum it up in a couple of sentences, bucket fillers are people who do and say kind and respectful things for others. The story gives a GREAT, easy to understand visual and teaches students to be bucket fillers rather than bucket dippers (dippers “dip” from the buckets of others by using mean and disrespectful words.) For added effect, I decorated this big blue bucket and brought it around with me to my classes.

Image¬†To help my students better understand what a bucket filler is, we sang a chant together in a circle. We all chanted, “Bucket fillers, bucket fillers, what do they do? Bucket fillers like to…” and then the students took turns, according to the order of their circle, stating something that a bucket filler likes to do. Responses ranged from helping mom cook dinner to telling my sister I love her to helping my teacher collect homework. I encouraged each student to share a DIFFERENT thing that bucket fillers do so that we had a wide variety of examples. Then, we went back to our desks and filled out these bucket filler pages.

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The children wrote beautiful descriptions of when they are bucket fillers, decorated them so nicely with their crayons, and cut them out.

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I was dying to display these around school at the time, but didn’t have a bulletin board. Luckily, now I do! I used sparkly scrapbook paper from Michael’s, sparkly garland, and lots of butcher paper to create this bulletin board. I free-handed the bucket based on an image I found online and am extremely pleased with how it turned out! Seeing how well this turned out really filled my bucket!ūüėČ

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I also displayed even more of the students’ beautiful buckets in the hallway leading to my office.

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New School Year Flyer!

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Happy New School Year, y’all!

Long time, no post…I know, I know! Things got so busy last year that unfortunately my blog had to take the back burner, but I hope to post several of my ideas and projects here in the coming weeks! We start school very early here in Tennessee – the students’ first day was August 1st! So, I’m very jealous of all of you that are still enjoying the summer sun.¬†

I wanted to share this flyer with you all that I created to give to parents at Open House. I thought it was a great PR tool to help parents understand my role and how I can support them and their child. I wrote an English and Spanish copy and left them in the hallway with a, “Parents, take me!” sign. I also posted this document to my school website¬†so that it can easily be accessed online (although most of our parents do not have computers or an internet connection!) I placed the leftover flyers in the front entrance of our school for parents to grab as they come in/out during the hectic first week of school.¬†

Hope this is helpful as you begin your new school year planning!

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Weekly Homework Chart

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Weekly Homework Chart

I am working with 8 4th grade boys who struggle with homework completion, motivation, and overall academic achievement. We use this Weekly Homework Chart¬†as a way to monitor our progress in homework completion and earn rewards. For each assignment that students complete, they earn a sticker in the “sticker” box. If that subject area did not assign homework, the teacher leaves the “sticker” box blank. If the subject area assigned homework but the student didn’t complete it, the student earns an “X.” I meet with the students on Friday’s and we review their homework completion for the week. Those who have not had any missed assignments all week get to choose a prize from the treasure chest and are one step closer to earning the final prize – an ice cream social! Students who have completed 90% of their assignments by the end of the 6 weeks will participate in an ice cream social. Students are expected to share their homework chart with their parents and make sure that their teacher assigns them a sticker or an “X” in each subject area.

Have you tried homework charts like this before with your students? Have they been successful? Any suggestions for things to add/take away from mine for use with future groups?

3rd – 8th Grade Bullying Handouts

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This¬†Bullying Circle Handout¬†is based on Olweus’ bullying prevention program. I tweaked his wording a bit to make it more kid-friendly and added some pictures. I think that it does a great job of explaining that bullying is¬†the different roles that individuals play in bullying situations and helps kids understand that bullying is not just something between a bully and a victim. It can create a powerful discussion about which side of the circle they would like to be on and can encourage them to become defenders. Be sure to use plenty of examples when explaining the different roles. It also helps to make up one central example (i.e. every time Joanna, a 4th grade girl, gets on the bus, Timothy, a 5th grade boy, trips her and makes her fall down the aisle. The whole bus ends up roaring in laughter and teases her for being “clumsy,” and a “klutz.”

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This Bully Busting Handout¬†is based on Trevor Romain’s video “Bullies are a Pain in the Brain.” I LOVE Trevor’s videos and have used them for several of my lessons. In his video, he describes 5 ways that kids can put a STOP to bullying, or be “bully busters.” I’ll use this handout with the students after we watch the movie to process the ways to stop bullying. We’ll discuss examples of situations in which these strategies might be effective and why they might be helpful.

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Self-Esteem Portraits

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I LOVED this idea that I found on found on the Art Class Works blog and thought it would be PERFECT for my 4th grade girls self-esteem group. Before group, I drew an outline of a head and neck onto a piece of card stock using a black sharpie.

When the girls arrived, I gave them each a blank portrait and a black marker. I first asked them to write 10 things that they like about themselves or that make them special inside of the head on the portrait. For example, the girls could write “I am beautiful,” “I am smart,” or “I am a great big sister.” Once the girls finished writing their 10 positive affirmations, I asked them to pass around their portraits to the other students. On the outside of the head, each girl wrote one nice thing about the other group members. These portraits were just oozing with positivity,¬†kindness, and love – and the girls were thrilled and beaming when they saw what the other girls had written about them!

At the next group session, I had watercolor paints, paintbrushes, and cups of water ready for the girls. I asked them to paint their portraits however they would like. We talked about how certain colors may symbolize certain qualities – yellow could¬†symbolize¬†happiness, red could symbolize strength, and green could symbolize success. Here is how some of the girls’ portraits turned out…(I have blocked their names out for you!)

The girls REALLY enjoyed this activity and created beautiful, meaningful, and sentimental portraits. These portraits are a wonderful tangible item for the girls to remember their experience in group, and also serve as a reminder of how incredible, unique, and amazing they are! I’d highly recommend this activity with 3rd – 12th graders – it could even work well with adults!