S.M.A.R.T. Spaces 11/15
“We have lost our S.M.A.R.T. room.”
This is a phrase we hear often from schools and teachers implementing the S.M.A.R.T. program. Does this mean you can’t do S.M.A.R.T. activities anymore? No! In fact, we have an example to prove that it can still be done.
Learning Together in New Ulm, MN was used to having a room for students to go to for S.M.A.R.T. This year, that changed. Recognizing the value of the program, teachers worked together to find a way to use the hallway for S.M.A.R.T. floor activities. After a little brainstorming and scheduling a plan was in place.
Each day, students use the hallway for Alligator Crawls, Hopscotch, Balance Beam, Pencil Rolls, Rebounder, and Slap Track. Using the continuous loop method, students move from station to station around the hallway. Teachers have created a schedule allowing for classes to use the space back to back, calling for only one set up and one take down time. A locker is used to store the vinyl for creeping and crawling, the hopscotch mat, and fun items to keep the students engaged while balancing and rolling. Mats are folding up and stored in a corner against a wall. Students help pick up the course and have the hallway cleared out in about two minutes.
S.M.A.R.T. truly is a program that can be used in any space with a little creative thinking and smart planning. We hope New Ulm can inspire you if you find yourself in the same situation.