In response to an emerging digital literacy culture taking shape in the classroom, Imagiread’s Head Imaginarian created a literacy strategy and coined it “S.M.A.R.T. Learning” in 2018. The strategy was designed to arm scholars with a personalized approach to sorting and categorizing information so that there are structured outputs, ultimately leading to an increase in comprehension.
The process, as with all of Imagiread’s strategies, starts with prioritizing mindfulness. Scholars are introduced to basic neuroscience terms and concepts then they are asked to practice them before each lesson. Once done, they are invited to prepare the space around them for learning by tidying up and gathering all of the tools and supplies needed. Citing a dedicated space and the necessary physical and digital resources allows the learner a continuous experience and take away the stress caused by disorganization. Once the brain is activated and supplies are gathered, then the learning fun begins.
Because all of Imagiread’s programming aligns with The Wheel of Imagination, learners are asked to consider the many ways learning is a personal experience and how it should be personified through engagement. Connecting learners to practices that help them to make personal connections prepares them for the next step in the S.M.A.R.T. Learning strategy.
Once adaptability is honed in on, scholars are asked to make the learning relative. Purposeful questions take flight, and big ideas take center. Ultimately, learners assess and articulate how the lessons are beneficial and solution-oriented.
When all is upheld, scholars are then asked to prove that their results work. By outlining the point that learning is always active, the final ask broadens the scope of the lesson and tests it in the “real-world” using a project-based learning framework that includes research and development, a digitized report, and a hybrid presentation.
Here’s a sample S.M.A.R.T. Learning lesson: