Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Are you a Bucket Filler?

So, as I'm stilling at McDonald's to work on a few items in need of Wi-Fi (because my service is down at my home), in walks Jan and Donna from The Buck Filling Team!

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,

Erin Klein

Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness: Three Rules for a Happier Life
Sequel, 88-page full-color chapter book for ages 9 - 14
Published 2010
Available in paperback


Growing Up is a more mature message that teaches "tweens" three important rules for keeping their buckets filled and feeling good about themselves.  It teaches the intrinsic benefits of kindness while resolving one of the most threatening social problems in schools today:  bullying and its negative, and too often, tragic effects.

Growing Up is filled with terminology that will resonate with preteens and early teens:  "group bucketfilling", "long-handled dipping", and "using your lid".  It focuses on being kind and compassionate and accepting responsibility for your words and actions, while showing how doing the right thing and making good choices fills your bucket.

Winner of Four Awards:

2010 - New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Young Adult/Teenage category)
2010 - London Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Teenage category)
2010 - Los Angeles Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Young Adult category)
2011 - NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (Best Books in the Category of Children's Interest)

1 comment:

  1. What a great classroom book read - thank you for sharing:)