Why I Need To Smile – Episode 017
It has occurred to me that I must explain my own personal WHY as to WHY it is important for ME to Seal It With A Smile.
Its important because this was not the norm for me growing up.
My father always carried a sullen angry face around… it was his default face. In fact, there are only a handful of times that I can remember when I saw him smile, or I heard him laugh.
And when I come home, after a day of giving all of myself to my students and my classroom, needless to say I feel completely spent. I have a tendency of expecting warm hugs and smiles greeeting me at my door, but that is not the case.
When it comes to a family; there’s usually a fire that needs to be out out, somewhere… And that fire usually occurs the second I walk into the door… with my angry face 😠
How can I expect a positive outcome to any situation when my facial expression, the first thing that people see, is angry.
I need to Smile more… just like the rest of the world does as well.
There is another reason; we need to model appropriste behavior. We need to show our kids, our students, to be congruent;
Congruency = when your thoughts, language, and actions are in line and are in support of one another.
When you mean what you say, and say what you mean.
When you bring honor to your life; and to those whom you love.
When was the last time you learned from someone who had an angry face?
When was the last time you WANTED to learn from someone who looked mad?
Even if you need to “fake it” till you make it… Do it… because being an adult means taking your responsibilities seriously, and understanding how important it is for YOU to model the behavior you wish to see in the classroom.
If we want our students to step up to the plate, take on the challenges we place before them… we must do the same….
If we want our students to display outstanding behavior and discipline… we must do the same…
And if we want our students to have fun and smile… we must do the same… even on the days when we don’t feel like doing it…
Sealed… with your smile 😀