Being quite familiar with Carol McCloud's first two books, I was so excited to spark up a friendly conversation with the two ladies. As a former first grade teacher, I know how powerful and inspirational Bucket Filling can be for a school. During my time as a first grade teacher, we became a Bucket Filling School - how exciting! The positive language and celebrations the children became a part of truly transformed the culture of our elementary.
After moving to the middle school, I enjoyed hearing the Bucket Filling language continue as our students would still use some of the lingo. However, I wished that there was an extension of Bucket Filling that could continue into the older grades. Of course, we could still use it; however, I knew it would be more 'age-appropriate' and receive more buy in from the older kids if we could tweak the program a bit to fit our adolescent aged kids.
Introducing... (drum roll please)...
Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness: Three Rules for a Happier Life by Carol McCloud
Jan and Donna were so kind as to give me a free copy of their newest book - a chapter book for ages 9-14!
I couldn't be more excited! So, as I return to school tomorrow - you bet I'll be showing my students my new treasure. If you're not familiar with the influence and power these books unleash, you simply must check it out! What a great extension blog piece to follow Brian's work on Alfie Kohn's philosophy of intrinsic motivation.
Thank you Jan and Donna and safe travels to Grand Rapids,