One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Brianna, from Stewartville makes a monthly plan for the S.M.A.R.T. Room. During team meetings, with her fellow Pre-K teachers, they discuss how to help students who are struggling with specific activities and different variations to keep the course stimulating for all children. Brianna generates a plan based on each meeting, which includes the accommodations needed on individual activities.
There are so many great ideas in this single plan, thanks to the Stewartville S.M.A.R.T. Team for sharing! Check out how they are going to encourage students to lift their arms during Superman!
October S.M.A.R.T. Room Plan (PDF)
Slow is Good! If you have been to a S.M.A.R.T. Workshop you’ve certainly heard us say this phrase when talking about several activities. And yet there other activities that are done fast. As a S.M.A.R.T. Teacher we know you catch on quickly, but your students may find it challenging to remember which are which.
Adding a simple visual of a cheetah or turtle to the starting spot of the floor activities will help your students remember how fast (or slow) they need to go! These simple reminders allow you to teach or monitor new activities in your S.M.A.R.T. course. We searched Google Images and found these cute animals. Using them is an easy download, print, and place.
Turtle and Cheetah Visual (PDF)
Does your child have trouble with focusing on homework or concentrating during class? Do they seem disorganized, distracted, or impulsive? Maybe they have difficulty shifting from one thing to another? It may be they have an underdeveloped midbrain. This great 4-minute video from Brain Highways does an excellent job of describing an immature midbrain. The S.M.A.R.T. Program does an excellent job of maturing the midbrain! (We call it the brain stem - they are one in the same.)