• Classroom Expectations

    Guideline One (1):

    I can work and learn at school every day.

    Looks like:

    I get my work done first.

    Guideline Two (2):

    I can listen when other people are talking.

    Looks like:

    I use whole body listening.

    I listen with my eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, body, brain, and heart.

    Guideline Three (3):

    I can do what the teachers tell me to do right away.

    Looks like:

    I do what the teachers tell me to do with a smile and okay.

    Guideline Four (4):

    I can keep my whole body and the things around me off other people.

    Looks like:

    I keep my body and my things in my own space.

    Guideline Five (5):

    I can be a bucket filler.

    Looks like:

    I say and do things that make other people feel happy.

    I use a Kelso’s Choice or find another way to help me stay calm.

    Behavior Support

    Bucket Filling

    The purpose of “Bucket Filling” is to improve social & emotional learning. It is based on a simple concept where we each have an invisible bucket with the singular purpose of holding good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. It comes from the popular children’s book ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ by Carol McCloud.

    A bucket filler is someone who shows positive character traits (kind, considerate, caring, respectful). Bucket Fillers fill both their own and others’ buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. Conversely, if a person is unkind or hurtful, they are referred to as “Bucket Dippers”. Like Bucket Fillers, Bucket Dippers dip into both their own bucket and others’ buckets when they choose to be mean or hurtful to others. This simple yet profound concept teaches children that actions and words affect both ourselves and others.

    During this school year we are encouraging, reminding, and recognising everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at home, at school, and everywhere they go. As parents, you can help reinforce this by discussing this further with your child and using some of the terminology (bucket fillers, bucket dippers).

    Here are some helpful links:
    Have you filled a bucket today?

    You might like to use this concept at home too to encourage family and community members to be more positive and to fill each other’s “buckets” with compliments and positive comments.

    Bucket Filling. Waitakiri Primary School. (n.d.). http://www.waitakiri.school.nz/Our+Learning/Well-being/Bucket+Filling.html.

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    Kelso’s Choice

    The program’s success begins with its simplicity. Kids as young as preschool (and even those who aren’t strong readers yet) can benefit from learning Kelso’s Choices. The program puts power in kids’ hands to be problem solvers and gives everyone at school a shared language to help kids get along.

    Kelso the frog teaches students how to solve “small” problems on their own. “Small” problems include conflicts that cause “small” feelings of annoyance, embarrassment, boredom, etc. “BIG problems” always need to be taken to an adult. These are situations that are scary, dangerous, illegal, etc.

    Kelso has nine choices to solve “small problems.” These are illustrated in the Kelso’s Choice Wheel. They include:

    • Go to another game
    • Talk it out
    • Share and take turns
    • Ignore it
    • Walk away
    • Tell them to stop
    • Apologize
    • Make a deal
    • Wait and cool off

    When a child comes to you to solve their “small problem,” tell them to try one to two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, then an adult can intervene. Make sure your kids know to ask an adult for help in the event of a “BIG problem.”

    Kelso's Choice. (2019, September 3). Kelso's Choice Parent Page. Kelso's Choice. https://kelsoschoice.com/free-resources/for-parents/.

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    Conflict versus Bullying

    Please use the following link to access important information regarding the definitions of conflict and bullying at Paxson Elementary School. It is important to use the correct vocabulary when labeling a person's actions.

    Conflict versus Bullying