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Establish Positive K-5 Classroom Climate with “Bucket Fillers.”


classroom management link up

Let's link-up.

The first day of class is upon us. Back-to-school is always an exciting time and poses a unique opportunity. We, as teachers, have the opportunity to establish our classroom climate, expectations, and structure. Many teachers believe the first few weeks of school establish the trajectory for their effectiveness for the entire remainder of the year. With so much riding on the first few weeks, together we could make a difference through our collaborative experiences.

Please join in and add a link to a post focusing on your favorite “Bucket-Filler” techniques, based on the popular book “Have you filled a bucket today?” by Carol McCloud.

Note: For the link-up to work properly, you’ll need to ensure the following:

  1. The link you submit needs to link back to your specific post for this link-up, not your general blog URL.
  2. Link back to this post using a permalink in your post. That’s it!
    Please Note: You cannot enter a simple blog address (eg http://www.yourblog.com/). The link back must contain a path to your specific post on classroom management (eg http://www.yourblog.com/general/2011/my-classroom-management-post/).

Once the link-up closes, we’ll combine the collaborative advice into a guide and distribute it to everyone that participated. You will then have a composite of positive current teaching practices that you can use, and share throughout the year!

The following list suggests some topics to address, however, please feel free to create a post on your blog that focuses on your personal “bucket-filler” approach in classroom, and other related topics you feel passionate about.

  • Bucket-fillers to establish your classroom’s climate
  • Bucket-fillers as classroom management technique
  • Bucket-fillers to foster teacher respect
  • Bucket-fillers to teach community in classroom
  • Bucket-fillers to resolve conflict among students
  • Bucket-fillers to teach manners and politeness
  • Bucket-fillers for managing time and student behavior
  • Classroom management strategies for reaching all students
  • Teaching techniques that help with classroom management
  • Bucket-fillers for establishing disciplinary procedures
  • Establishing classroom behavior policies
  • Creating an atmosphere of consistency and mutual respect
  • Classroom structure

How do you use bucket-fillers to maintain a positive and respectful classroom, all year long?


Kids are often unaware of the effect their comments have on others. I teach about "warm fuzzy" words and "cold prickle" words. Using cotton balls to make the idea of warm fuzzy words, I model what a warm fuzzy sounds like and how it makes you feel. Then the kids give it a go. The same works for cold prickles but I use gum tree seed pods (very prickly). Then we relate these statements to bucket fillers and bucket dippers. As the year goes on, when I hear a hurtful remark I will shiver and say, "O, I felt a cold prickle. Perhaps you could refill her bucket with a warm fuzzy."  
I have had children actually fill their buckets ( plastic cups) with cotton balls and gum ball pods for a day to visually get a picture of what kinds of words they are sending out and receiving. It works.
Posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 10:56 AM by Mary Saputo
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