I recently wrote a guest post for Brea over at Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology on this book. It just happens to be the book I used in my speech room last week!
You may be planning your lessons based on the common fall themes: “back to school,” “apples,” “Johnny Appleseed,” “pumpkins,” etc. If you haven’t already heard of this book -
- you may want to consider adding it to your fall repertoire. “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud offers a wonderful way to establish your behavioral expectations with your students. The concept is simple – each and every person carries an invisible bucket. In that bucket we hold our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves (represented by colorful hearts and stars). When we are happy, our buckets are full. When we are sad, our buckets are empty. When you are nice to someone else, you not only fill their bucket, but your own as well. Conversely, when you are not nice, you dip from the other person’s bucket - and your own...
To continue reading about how I use this book in therapy, head on over to Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology!
PS, Since writing the post, I decided to try a behavioral incentive similar to "Caught Ya Being Good" by Wolfelicious (as seen on Pinterest). When I catch a student doing something extra good, putting forth extra effort, etc., I plan on writing their name on a cut-out heart and adding it to my bucket. Once a month, I will draw a name from the bucket for a prize from my prize box!