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!
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