S.M.A.R.T. Newsletter - Oct. '22
One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher - Oct. '22
One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher at Discovery Elementary in Waite Park, Matthew, lays out his S.M.A.R.T. Course in a serpentine fashion to maximize the space AND stimulation his students get by doing the activities. You will notice that each activity leads directly to the next to keep the students moving on the course. In the places where there is wall space, Matthew has placed Learning Ladders at varied levels to address the different heights of children and various content to address the diverse needs of all his students.
This S.M.A.R.T. Teacher’s advice is: “Slow and steady will win the race. Stay true to what we have learned, and hold the expectations of each movement to the highest standard. Also have fun!! If you are excited the kids will be excited!”
Matthew is also a S.M.A.R.T. Teacher because he attended a S.M.A.R.T. Workshop 2 years in a row and gave us several laughs! We get excited when we recognize the names of educators in our registration as repeat participants. Educators who come back for additional workshops tell us they learn even more the second time and gain a much deeper understanding of the program.
Is there a S.M.A.R.T. Teacher at your school who deserves to be recognized? Send their name, email address, and a brief description of what they are doing to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can feature them in this section.
S.M.A.R.T. Spaces - Oct. '22
If you use an assigned S.M.A.R.T. spot for movement breaks, check out the variety of Velcro shapes on Amazon to space students.
S.M.A.R.T. at Home - Oct. '22
We have some fun and effective ways to make homework a little more fun using one of our S.M.A.R.T. Principles - Movement Anchors Learning!
Time Saving Tips - Oct. '22
Does it seem like your students have ants in their pants? Don’t wait until most of your students are antsy to take a movement break; it is a big mistake!!! Instead, when you start to see students squirm, provide a quick movement break to get their brains and bodies back on track. But some teachers are nervous about adding movement breaks during the day because they feel they’re taking away from their instructional time. However, the opposite is true! Purposeful, intentional movement breaks enhance instruction!