Today I read How Full Is Your Bucket. This is a really great book that explains that we all have invisible buckets of water over our heads. The negative actions of others toward us can empty the buckets, and our own meanness toward them can deplete their buckets, too. Positive actions reverse the process. We watched how Felix filled his bucket by helping others and how it dripped when others were mean to him. We also talked about when others are mean and grumpy it can mean that their bucket is empty and ways to fill each others buckets.
I made a class chart of buckets and told the class this week we are going to be bucket fillers not bucket drippers. I will be watching this week for kindness and helpfulness.. when I see it, I will fill their bucket with stickers. Students can also report back to me and "tell" when someone has filled their bucket.