BULLYING AND BUCKETFILLING
AT CHRISTA MCAULIFFE ELEMENTARY
Brevard County public schools has a ZERO Tolerance policy for Bullying
What is Bullying?
Physical bullying: Hitting, kicking, or pushing someone...or even just threatening to do it Stealing, hiding or ruining someone's things, making someone do things he or she doesn’t want to do.
Verbal bullying:Name-calling, teasing and insulting. Relationship bullying means: Refusing to talk to someone, spreading lies or rumors about someone making someone do things he or she doesn't want to do.
What do all these things have in common?
They're examples of ways one person can make another person feel hurt, afraid, or uncomfortable. When these things are done to someone, this is bullying. The reason why one kid would want to bully another kid is this: when you make someone feel bad, you gain power over him or her.
Power makes people feel like they're better than another person, and then that makes them feel really good about themselves. Power also makes you stand out from the crowd. It's a way to get attention from other kids, and even from adults.
BE A BUCKET FILLER NOT A BUCKET DIPPER
Here at Christa McAuliffe we encourage students to be "Bucket Fillers NOT Bucket Dippers". This idea is based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.by CAROL MCCLOUD, THE BUCKET LADY.
What are bucket fillers?
"Bucket fillers" are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps even preschoolers understand the importance of consideration and love, particularly towards those who bully.
"Bucket dippers" rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. The challenging problem of "bullying" or "bucket dipping" usually rears its ugly head in the first few weeks of school. Why not address it in a positive, concrete manner through our book or our assemblies?
Want to resolve bullying or bucket dipping? Get your child or your entire school turned on to this concrete concept and make a change - for good. Carol McCloud's book addresses this issue by helping kids understand that we are all the same, in that we all want some kindness in our lives, every day. Especially bullies!
The Bucketfilling concept is NOT our creation. Carol McCloud first heard the idea that a "bucket" represented a person's self-concept, or mental and emotional health, at an early childhood conference in the 1990's. It was in the 1960's, that Dr. Donald O. Clifton (1924-2003), first created the "Dipper and Bucket" story that has now been passed along for decades. Dr. Clifton later went on to co-author the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? and be named the Father of Strengths Psychology. Their book and website are excellent tools for work and life.