We recently had a speaker to our school who was talking about bullying. As a staff, we were asked to have a follow-up discussion with our students. I wanted to help my students take preventative action and pulled a few picture books to help us discuss kindness. We enjoyed each story and I planned to collect our own ideas, Ways We Can Be Kind.
The collection process was filled with good ideas. They have honest and intentional thinking for showing kindness. Then the magic happened. A student shared the idea; give smiles. I probably commented on how that is a simple thing we can all do. We were currently doing a morning greeting at our morning meeting where we greet each other nonverbally with a handshake and smile; encouraging eye contact. The student sharing reminded us about our morning greeting and said, The Power of a Smile. All of my senses perked up. I rambled for a bit with the students about her thinking and commented that these words sounded like a book. I instantly began thinking and wondering what each student would say about the power of a smile.
The students got very excited about making a book. They were literally begging me to make this into a book. We discussed the phrase; The Power of a Smile. We made our first draft. I looked them over and thought the ideas were okay but I thought they could be bigger and better in a simple way. The next day we did our morning greeting. I wanted my students to experience a smile, many smiles and then before revising their writing. Most of them chose to completely rewrite their ideas.
I consulted my art teacher with our idea to publish a book and that I wanted to look into really publishing it outside of our classroom and she pounced on helping with the art work. I love to paint and I love to create with my students but her enthusiasm was hard to turn down. She believed in our project; The Power of a Smile.
Today I can share our some of our text because our illustrations are in process. I hope next month I can share the visuals and let you know our publishing plans.
-When my mom smiles at me, she encourages me at doing something.
-I think the power of a smile is when someone is feeling lonely. You go over and smile at them and say do you want to play?
-You take aboard the smile train! You take a smile and the engine starts to go and the train feels warm!
-I felt like a sign of happiness hit my heart.
-A smile makes me feel better even if I’m having a good day.
-When somebody gives me a smile, it makes the clouds blow away and makes me fly.
-A smile is super strong. A smile can make your day. You should give a smile every day.
-A smile is not just a smile. A smile can make everybody feel better. The power of a smile can make everybody’s day better even better than normal. If you see somebody crying first smile then have a little talk.
-When somebody smiles at me, I know my day is going to be awesome!
-A smile makes me feel like a super hero and like I have kindness magic powers. It makes me feel like I am welcomed in the world.
I hope you have a moment today where you can give a smile and feel like a super hero.