Researchers know why the Mona Lisa Smiled!

I couldn't help but pass this one along, I find it so amusing. Read how researchers used 3-D imaging to determine that the gauzy shawl that she wore was actually the one worn by women in the Rennaissance who were with child.

It is a fascinating article. But, as the researchers say:

No scientific research will ever figure out exactly what Leonardo was trying to convey, or why exactly she was smiling.

New discoveries “don't take away the mystery,” Menu said. “On the contrary, they merely add another layer to the meaning, which only makes things more interesting.”

I feel like this is akin to the research about best practices in the classroom.

I envision a picture of a teacher standing in the foreground of a classroom of students excitedly working on computers. Why is the teacher smiling?

Perhaps it is because the teacher knows that truly he or she is the most critical element in the classroom that determines whether that classroom will succeed or fail. That classroom is truly his/her domain and the results that are imprinted for years to come can be studied but no one will never truly understand the mystery of a great teacher.

Quietly smile at your classroom today and know that you are christening great minds onto the path of learning and excitement. Smile quietly at your classroom as they get excited and learn.

It will drive everyone else crazy to figure out why you are smiling!

Did you realize that you are so like the Mona Lisa?

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Andrew Pass Educational Services, LLC September 30, 2006 - 3:00 am

Thanks for an interesting post. At the same time that we as teachers smile, we might encourage our students to do the same. But, can we ever truly know what is happening inside a student’s mind from their outward appearance?

Andrew Pass

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