A few of my favorite things

If you ask Maria, she’ll say “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” And while I might wish for warm, woolen mittens on cold winter recess days, there are a few other things that rank slightly higher on my list of favorite things. As a special education teacher, I am constantly assessing and reassessing what … Read more

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Follow-up

Using Have You Filled a Bucket Today? to teach kindness in elementary special education

Hello all! Welcome back! A few weeks ago in this post, I talked about using the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? to teach kindness. As a refresher, it talks about how everyone has an invisible bucket they carry around which holds our good thoughts and feelings. We can fill others’ buckets by doing … Read more

5 Back to School Essentials for Any Classroom

5 back to school essentials for any classroom and any budget

Hello all, It’s back to school season and if you’ve been on social media lately it’s easy to get sucked into all of those picture perfect classrooms. I’ve seen so many back to school posts involving beautifully decorated classrooms. Classroom libraries and reading nooks that are colorful, perfectly organized, and inviting. Bulletin boards that must … Read more

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Have You Filled a Bucket Today

Hello! Have you filled a bucket today? No, not this kind of bucket…  This kind of bucket!  Our invisible bucket that “lives in our hearts” as my son likes to say. Some teachers at my school use this book* to introduce and talk about kindness. It can often be heard around my school “You filled … Read more