The Attentionology Traveler Finds a Special Smile

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Hi! The Attentionology Traveler’s been on the road again…

found a special smile at work.

It’s a smile that stretches across the loving face of Velma Davis, a Teacher Assistant in Special Programs, shown in my blog pic below.

Velma was working with two second grade students (one shown) when we had a chance to speak about her service to children with autism and other disabilities.

See if you agree that Velma’s smile

A special needs child responds quickly to Velma Davis' engaging smile.

A special needs child responds quickly to Velma Davis’ engaging smile.

could ease any child’s concerns. Hers is a smile that radiates a powerful blend of care, control, and curriculum know-how.

I watched her work as I was teaching the class that included her table of three.

Velma personifies a poem I like to share with kids, titled…what else…Smiling! The poet is unknown.

Smiling is infectious,

You catch it like the flu.

When someone smiled at me today,

I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner

And someone saw my grin.

When he smiled, I realized/ I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,

Then realized its worth/ A single smile just like mine

Could travel ’round the earth!

Smiling, the poem, reminds me of a poster I’ve seen in my travels. It reads:

Smiling is an international language.

Entertain your class with the Smiling poem, and your own smile. No doubt…yours is a special smile, too. 

Create a Bulletin Board covered in Special Smiles. Follow these steps:

  1. Print a header that reads like the poster header above.
  2. Add an additional header that reads, Special Smiles Light Up Our Classroom!
  3. Invite kids to bring in photos of their own grinning faces and post them below the headers.
  4. In the center of the board post a photo of you smiling. Fun!

Please send comments! Traveling on…

BarbaraThe Lovable Poet

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
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