That's One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher! 03/18

S.M.A.R.T. workshops are filled with learning, making connections, ah-ha moments, and sometimes a good laugh. It is on the final day that we feel a renewed passion for teaching coming from the group.

This past month was no exception. Our one S.M.A.R.T. teacher was sitting on the left, mindfully taking notes, making correlations between activities and her curriculum, engaging in her team’s discussions, and building with excitement.

Just a few days after the workshop, we received an email from One S.M.A.R.T. Kindergarten Teacher Erica, from Marshall, Minnesota. In her email, she referred to the workshop as a “new transformation.” 

Erica spent the entire weekend after her training living, breathing, dreaming, yes, she said even dreaming, about S.M.A.R.T. in her classroom! Her complete submersion results in a freebie for you. Erica was thrilled to explore ways to incorporate brain-stimulating activities into her lessons for the week. She accomplished this by creating literacy Scanning Games or Loop do Loos.

As the photo below shows, Erica created sheets of her district assigned kindergarten sight words. As students practice the spelling of the word, they are working on eye movements and eye-hand coordination.

Download and try the Scanning Game out with your students. As Erica writes, “they were EXCITED to do it.”

Focus on just a few lines per day to avoid boredom. For more fun, have students use colored pencils and vary the color they use with each line.

Download: Spelling Scanning Game