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  • New Albany High School
  • New Albany, MS
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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These materials will provide my lowest-performing, struggling students with life skills for learning how to be happy and spread happiness to others. The book “How Full is your Bucket” by Tom Rath shows how one’s words and actions affect others. My four EL students will read the children’s version, and we will compare and contrast what is lost/gained with both versions. Students will keep a journal as they read and relate to real-world problems and situations that directly relate to topics covered in this book. Today’s society will be blessed with empathetic “doers” who understand relationships and the power they possess. These students all come from poverty-stricken homes in northeast Mississippi. They are fantastic kids who need compassion and a foundation of understanding how to be compassionate as well. These books will go home with them, as opposed to the classroom digital readers we normally use. Hopefully these books will plant a seed and be a reminder of how they impact others. They will learn to “fill their buckets”, and pay attention to the well-being (the buckets) of others. If our society needs anything, it is respect for the lives of others. Compassion. Truth. Understanding. Young adults need the ability to listen and empathize without argument or anger. This book opens up their minds in a way they have never experienced, from a perspective that has thus far been blind to them. This nonfiction book will complement personal essays, poems, historical speeches, and TED talks that we will read, view, and discuss in class. Socratic/fishbowl discussions will be utilized in order to foster social interaction and exposure to others’ perspectives.

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These materials will provide my lowest-performing, struggling students with life skills for learning how to be happy and spread happiness to others. The book “How Full is your Bucket” by Tom Rath shows how one’s words and actions affect others. My four EL students will read the children’s version, and we will compare and contrast what is lost/gained with both versions. Students will keep a journal as they read and relate to real-world problems and situations that directly relate to topics covered in this book. Today’s society will be blessed with empathetic “doers” who understand relationships and the power they possess. These students all come from poverty-stricken homes in northeast Mississippi. They are fantastic kids who need compassion and a foundation of understanding how to be compassionate as well. These books will go home with them, as opposed to the classroom digital readers we normally use. Hopefully these books will plant a seed and be a reminder of how they impact others. They will learn to “fill their buckets”, and pay attention to the well-being (the buckets) of others. If our society needs anything, it is respect for the lives of others. Compassion. Truth. Understanding. Young adults need the ability to listen and empathize without argument or anger. This book opens up their minds in a way they have never experienced, from a perspective that has thus far been blind to them. This nonfiction book will complement personal essays, poems, historical speeches, and TED talks that we will read, view, and discuss in class. Socratic/fishbowl discussions will be utilized in order to foster social interaction and exposure to others’ perspectives.

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