Staff Meeting

September 18, 2013


I. Meaningful Work
  • Overview of the Program
  • Google Doc to Generate Ideas (2 Per Team)

II. Teacher Climate Survey Results

  • Comparison between Fall 2012 & Fall 2013

III. The Miracle of Smiling

  • 10 Minute Inservice

Meaningful Work

Job Ideas on Shared Google Doc
  • Would like to have a minimum of 2 per team

Miracle of a Smile

Quick Thoughts...
  • Students at HMS like their teachers - non-debatable fact
  • Teachers at HMS enjoy working here - 100% agreed in latest poll
  • Being happy is a strength, so let's enhance this strength...
  • Best advice I ever received...
  • It runs in my family...

Why smile?
  • There is research on this, you just have to trust me.
  • 37 muscles to frown, 22 to smile (maybe less)
  • Makes the Mona Lisa the Mona Lisa
  • Reduces stress
  • Women tend to smile more than men

Anyway, what impact can it have on our students?

  • When you smile, even if your smile is feigned, your brain releases stress fighters called endorphins. These are our natural painkillers. This release of endorphins makes us feel happier.
  • Again, even if the smile is not genuine, the endorphins still get released. You become happier even if you don’t want to!
  • Smiles are contagious. It is almost impossible for a student to misbehave when you are smiling at him. If you don’t believe this, try it.
  • Students respond more favorably to positive teachers than they do to negative teachers.
  • Because we want our students to respond favorably to us, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to smile more often.
  • Smiling at someone sends a message that you care about her. When a student believes that you care, she is much more likely to learn from you and to behave well in your presence.
  • Smiles are free, but their results are priceless.

The Challenge....

  • Focus on smiling more this week
  • Record if you feel this has any impact on anything you are doing - i.e. the way you feel, the way students respond, productivity, the way others react to you
  • Principal will ask for some results so don't forget to think about it the rest of the week!