I wanted to build & expand on the idea that we experience feelings & thoughts when we fill or dip someone's bucket from the book 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?'
As each child selected & read aloud their 'filler'
( positive) or 'dipper' ( negative) phrase, I had the 'dippers' wrinkle a big red heart. One little boy said that he '...just couldn't wrinkle the paper heart 'cause it was a mean thing to do.' So he hugged me instead saying he '..didn't like wrinkling my heart.' So, after a very sweet reassuring hug .. we continued with the dippers and wrinkling the paper heart.
Dipper phrases included - pushing, teasing, ignoring, unkind words, etc.
Then the 'fillers' tried to smooth out the heart while the dippers watched. Amazingly the heart (while much smoother) still had wrinkles ! Soon everyone was trying to smooth out the wrinkles. When I asked why the wrinkles couldn't be smoothed out one student said, 'Well, you know Ms . Rice, it would take a VERY very long time for the wrinkles to be forgotten."
5th grade wisdom…
We all all agreed we wouldn't wrinkle each other hearts and use kind speech, acts, be more mindful of others etc.. We would be bucket fillers all year instead. Everyone including adults, placed a signed bandaide on the heart as a promise. My newest student shouted out,' Hey, we can be heart doctors now and help everyone with wrinkled hearts!"
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.