Smile, the world is good…

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“Always smile back at little children.
To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.” ~ Pam Brown

This fall I began teaching at a new school. I am also the new vice-principal of my school. My old school and my new school are very different in many ways… different enough that they are almost incomparable. For the most part, the two schools side by side represent totally different educational contexts. I have been asked by many this fall to make comparisons between them, but I can’t; they’re like apples and oranges. They are both great schools doing great things, but in mostly different ways. There is one way, however that the two schools are identical.

When I get asked to compare my old school to my new school, I simply say, “kids are kids.” No matter where I’ve taught, or whatever context I was teaching in, I have always kept this notion at the forefront of my practice. Remembering that kids are kids no matter where in the world reminds me to make sure I help them preserve their innocent perspectives as long as they can. The world will happen soon enough… for now they’re just kids, and they deserve to live in the world they dream of… the one that’s good and happy and safe; the one that makes them smile just because they are excited to be a part of it.

When I walk down the halls, around our campus and into classrooms everyday, I remember to smile at kids, even before they smile at me. I greet them and take the time to speak with them as often as I can about anything they want to talk about. This is the best thing I can do as a teacher and school administrator to help kids feel a sense of welcome and belonging at my new school. I did this at my old school too, and every school I taught at before that.

The more I do it, the more I’m convinced that the kids are right. The world is good, and they are going to make it even better.

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  1. […] flickr image via ephotography “Always smile back at little children. To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.” ~ Pam Brown This fall I began teaching at a new school. I am also the new vice-principal of my school.  […]

    September 22, 2012
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  2. Kenesha Brown said:

    From reading your post, I have learned that it is important for students to have some type of security in educators and administrators. Not even realizing it, but a smile does make a difference in anybody’s live. I honestly enjoyed reading your blog post. It was very informative on what is really important, the kids.

    September 23, 2012
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  3. John Wink said:

    Excellent bit. This post is a compelling reason why we shouldn’t make excuses. The kids deserve the best from us. Excuses are reasons that crush the dreams they count on us to help fulfill. Thank you for sharing.

    September 23, 2012
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  4. Thank you Kenesha and John. I can’t think of an excuse not to smile at kids as recognition that we love and support them, and their dreams.
    Namaste.

    September 24, 2012
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  5. Arther said:

    Thank you for sharing your story about your interactions with children. As a school portrait partner, I always remin our photographers how important it is they SMILE and connect with the children they are photographing. Unfortunately, sometimes it may be the only smile they get all day from anyone. A simple smile goes a long way in building self esteem in children. Thanks for sharing

    October 9, 2012
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  6. Thank you Arther… and you are right. It doesn’t matter who the smiles come from, and it truly only takes one to brighten a day in the life of a child.
    Cheers.

    October 9, 2012
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