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Bucket Filling Metaphor Promotes Positive Behaviors

North Bend Elementary students attended a special assembly January 20 that focused on the metaphor of being a "bucket filler." Through a lively presentation, students were introduced to the bucket filling metaphor and how each person’s personal bucket level impacts how they feel.
During assemblies sponsored by the school’s PTA, students learned about:
  • The concept of choice in being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper; 
  • The power of kindness, caring, loving, and sharing for filling others' and their own bucket;
  • The power of meanness, anger, selfishness, and bullying for dipping in others' buckets and depleting their own; 
  • And, the concept of the "lid" of resilience.
The assembly concluded with students reciting a simple pledge: “I hereby promise to do my best, to fill more buckets and dip less.”
In addition, some classes are supplementing this message with storytelling and classroom activities that continue to bolster emotional health. The topic aligns with the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) initiative and promotes school-wide behavior expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.
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