At the beginning of the year we read two books titled How Full Is Your Bucket and Have You Filled A Bucket? The author's purpose is to teach that our actions and words have an impact on the happiness of those around us and on our own feelings of well being. I use these books, as well as the teachings of Jesus, as the foundation of the classroom environment I want to create, and as the basis of my classroom management. Students are recognized for kind words and actions and receive a "drop" for their kindness. A tree on our bulletin board holds a drop for each student and each additional kindness is added as a heart which I draw on the drop. Each month the drops change to match the season and each week all those students who received a drop are invited to lunch. Since it takes longer in the winter to put on the snow gear I have begun to go to lunch with the students and hold the "Bucket Lunch" in the lunchroom. We then head out to recess early instead of having to stand in line and wait for the recess teachers. That is what I was doing the day this picture was taken. In the beginning I give the drops, but after Christmas I have asked the students to acknowledge each other for their kindness. Every day after recess we gather to say The Angel of God prayer and then give drops to each other. It is a nice way to come back together and is one of our favorite times of the day.
-Ms. Gaspers 1st grade teacher