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
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:
- Print a header that reads like the poster header above.
- Add an additional header that reads, Special Smiles Light Up Our Classroom!
- Invite kids to bring in photos of their own grinning faces and post them below the headers.
- In the center of the board post a photo of you smiling. Fun!
Please send comments! Traveling on…
Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet