As this school year comes to a close I wanted to share my success with classroom management this year. Classroom Management is an area of teaching that I have always struggled with. I’ve tried various systems throughout the years with varying success but have been most impressed by How Full is Your Bucket?
I wrote about Rath’s book How Full is Your Bucket in a previous post here. The premise is simple – everyone has an invisible bucket and with every encounter you face you either dip from or fill the other person’s bucket.
I explained this concept with my kids on the first day of school. I made this banner to help my kids remember to continually fill each others’ (and their teacher’s) bucket each day. My kids rotate classroom jobs each week. One of the jobs is the “Bucket Filler.” This student watches for acts of kindness and every time he sees one he adds a drop of water to the bucket. (I put Velcro on the back of the droplets).
I decorated my room with buckets and to take roll every day I made these magnetic buckets. As students entered the room, they’d take their name off the tray and place it in the bucket. When they place their name in the bucket, they not only tell me that they are present but they are also committing to filling buckets.
Having this theme really helped to create a positive classroom environment where my students learned that their actions impact their classmates for better or worse. It helped me as a teacher remember that when I yell at my class I am dipping from their little buckets and I need to make sure I do everything I can to send them home with full buckets each day.