That's One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher!
One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Steph from Kasson, wisely uses her time by giving her students a double dose of brain stimulation! She found that her students would often move around a little during the still time in Helicopter Spins. She tried adding Auditory Activities to the 15 seconds of “stop” time looking for a solution, and she is pleased with the results.
Helicopter Spins and Auditory Activities are excellent to combine because they both stimulate the Vestibulocochlear Nerve, so by doing both, Steph is providing double the stimulation for her students!
Helicopter Spins are a type of Topsy Turvy Activity that helps develop the sense of where we are in the world. Check out the other skills Topsy Turvy Activities help to develop.
Does it feel like you are continuously teaching adults how to monitor Helicopter Spins and the rest of your S.M.A.R.T. Course? S.M.A.R.T. Posters to the rescue!
Teachers, volunteers, and substitutes have found having the S.M.A.R.T. posters on display in the classroom or in a S.M.A.R.T. Room is helpful because then everyone knows what to look for and how to do each activity. An added bonus? They know what to encourage as the students are doing the activities!
Your students will find these posters helpful too! As you rearrange your course, placing the posters by the new spot will give the students a visual reminder of what to do at each location. Then you don’t have to continually answer the question, “What do we do here?”!
Time Saving Tips
One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Alisha from Lake Crystal, uses simple and inexpensive ways to change up hopping in her S.M.A.R.T. Course! Once Alisha's students have mastered the Hopscotch mat, she uses different items, like paper plates, to make new and fun patterns!
Do you have One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher at your school? Tell us about them and their S.M.A.R.T. ideas! Email us or let us know in the comment section.
Does it ever seem like your child(ren) is bouncing off the walls? Do they seem to jump or hop from one place to another constantly? That's OK, it's actually great! Jumping and hopping support many skills children need to develop a strong foundation for learning. We think you may be surprised at some as you check them out below!