Who wouldn't want to be apart of a class where kids say nice things, give hugs, share, and, always have a smile on their face.
My kids are really getting the hang of filling a bucket. They have been sending the sweetest notes to each other. I only have a few writers, the rest just do invented spelling. One little boy can't read names yet so he keeps asking me, "Is this a girl bucket?" They are already sending love notes to each other. I think it is precious. I let them write notes whenever I am not instructing. Rest time is a perfect time. You can't see the bucket filler notes, but I got them and my sign from What the Teacher Wants.
How do you build a classroom community?