Faces: An Art
How many faces do you have? Who are they? Where do they appear? What do they show?
It has been proven that humans can make more than 20 different facial expressions. From happily surprised to angrily disgusted… we all have our own facial expressions. They speak words. They send messages. They are telling. They show response. They are first impressions.
In a world of non-face-to-face communication, we have to be careful as to not add emotion into words. Assumptions are an enemy to our minds. They take control and are often hard to shake. They race through and often will grow. We must not lose sight of right-there conversations.
We all began with a blank canvas… until our first cry, our first smile, our first temper-tantrum, our first belly laugh… Now, no matter what age… your canvas is in the process of being created.
I would argue that our faces are storytellers. Honesty vs. Dishonesty, Happy vs. Sad, Content vs. Anxiousness, Surprised vs. Bored, Engaged vs. Brush-Off… I think you get the point… Facial Expressions are triggered by our feelings at a moment in time. Have you ever thought about what feeling your face portrays to others? Would there be hues of red or green, blue or black…?
Every year, I stare at the faces of my students and I can tell their outlook on school. They have no idea that I am analyzing every blink, crease, smile, eye movement… they are telling me stories… I see a box of crayons ranging from black to white.
One of my favorite parts of teaching is to see the their facial expressions change. This past year I had a sweet young lady who had a lot going on in her home and every morning as she walked in our classroom, the word relief was portrayed. However, at the end of the day, my heart would tear into pieces as I could see anxiety.
The Red Pen
Our students need to know that their face is a story and behind every story lies feelings. Feelings that are honest and true in that moment.
It is imperative that we are one with our students. We need to keep our eyes open, and before assumptions are made, face-to-face communication is a must. When this happens, respect is built… you are showing that you care and are in-tune with each child’s needs.
Put the red pen away and pay attention to the students in your class.
Have you ever stuck your tongue out at someone or smiled at someone across the room? Communication of feelings, that can not be erased… Facial expressions are permanent… once they are made, there is no going back; kind of like toothpaste. Have you ever tried to put toothpaste back into the tube? Facial expressions leave an everlasting mark.
What would a day of your facial expressions look like on a canvas?
How would others interpret the piece of art?
What would the piece of art tell you about you?
Would you be happy with how your canvas looks?
How do you want to impact others' canvas?