What exciting times! We would like to thank all of you who support, believe and grow with us. With you the magic continues…
We can’t believe we are just completing our first full year at Smart Teachers Play More.
“Why don’t we do some courses together in Iceland?” That’s what we said back in the summer of 2016 and so the magic began…
It all started last winter with our joint courses at the University of Acureyri and Reykjavík in Iceland. ‘Iceland is such a nice land’ as our Icelandic friends say. The Icelandic airline ‘Wow’ summed it up for Felicity and myself; what an awe-inspiring country and we were so lucky to experience it with the amazing locals (Kristín being our host). Our courses were so well received and we met such inspiring, hardworking teachers with super senses of humour. It was fascinating retelling the Three Billy Goats Gruff in Icelandic using our own Smartenglish techniques and learning to count to 5 in Icelandic using the Play to Learn More Housing game.
And of course, in Smart Teachers Play More style, we had plenty of fun trying out Icelandic beer and fish soup in rainy Reykjavík , visiting the Golden Circle with its amazing waterfalls, geysers and the Þingvellir National Park steeped in history and folklore where you can walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Each evening we enjoyed relaxing in the local open air swimming pools and hot tubs in true Icelandic style. And of course, just for us, they turned on the northern lights at Olafsfjordur.
To end our tour we took part in the first Play to learn more annual conference in the amazing Krikaskóli just outside Reykvavík with more than 250 teachers attending. An amazing school design based on a tree where each classroom had a cosy nest for relaxing and storytelling.
After a busy winter, spring brought times of preparation and organisation ready for our first Smart Teachers Play More course in Alicante. We were also so excited to find that on Postiguet beach they had built the perfect outside classroom for us to use. By August we had everything ready including knocking through two classrooms to create a new ‘Big Space’ at Smartenglish school ideal for our practical courses.
In September we were excited to publish our 2018/2019 courses in Spain and Iceland on the School Education Gateway, Europe’s online platform for school education with Erasmus+ Opportunities. Since publishing our courses we have had schools and teachers that have reserved places from France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Poland, Romania and even as far as China! Amazing!
The end of September we had our first bags and t-shirts printed as modelled by Kristín and Sarah Jane! Looking good!
In October we hosted our first edition of Smart Teachers Play More in Alicante. Sharing outstanding practice on the beach with amazing teachers from 7 different countries! A huge thank you to everyone involved for making it such a memorable and worthwhile experience. It just goes to show that learning and relaxation go hand in hand.
Roy summed up the course for us in his testimonial:
I thoroughly recommend Smart Teachers Play More. The concepts are innovative, effective and easy to apply. The courses are pitched at the right level and pace and the craic is mighty. (Leave your inhibitions at the door.)
Apply now for your Erasmus+ grant and book your flights to the next course venue.
Thank you, Roy!
At the end of October armed with our new banner poster we did 4 sessions at the King’s Group Professional Development Weekend hosted by King’s college, Madrid. With over 30 educational experts, trainers and facilitators involved and over 800 participants. It was a great learning experience and we got really positive feedback from the teachers about our play dough, sensory art and movement sessions. Of course we also made time to soak up some autumn sun and bathe our feet in the hotel fountain!
Now we are really excited and looking forward to an exciting 2018 with our new website, some books up our sleeve and our ever growing community of Smart Teachers. Check out our course dates for 2018/19 and come and celebrate with us!
Happy 2018 everyone!
Lots of love from Kristin, Sarah and all the Smart Teachers!