Towards the end of my first year of teaching, I had arrived at a level of tired understood only by other teachers. During these weeks, when the attention span of every child is as long as their interest in completing work, I was having a very difficult time. The only thing I could do was smile. And laugh and smile.

When I saw the reaction from my students, I realized just how impactful my smiling was.

The last study I can find regarding smiling was in 1955!

In his AMAZING TED talk, Rob Gutman talks about the hidden power of smiling and how it really is a superpower. I urge you to watch this!

Smiling is the most universal and powerful method of human communication.

Why? Because that’s just the way we’re wired. Smiling is contagious and human!

In summary:

o Smiling is an actionable technique. You can use it anytime!
o It can reframe a situation towards a positive direction
o “Seals”positive behavior
o Affirms the experiences of your students
o A humanistic way to acknowledge your students
o The most human of interactions
o Something kids do normally; a way to communicate with them that they can understand


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