The New Ulm School District held an innovative teacher training seminar this week. The SMART training workshops lasted four days. SMART stands for Stimulating Maturity Through Accelerated Readiness Training. The program integrates activities in the classroom, gym and playground. It’s related to language development, reading, math, writing, physiological awareness and coordination and attention. Some sessions involved “station rotation,” giving the teachers a chance to try the same activities they will be doing with students. The workshops were sponsored by the Minnesota Learning Resource Center in Minneapolis, which is part of the group “A Chance To Grow.” The attendees this week included 45 teachers from New Ulm and around the area, as well as one from Tokyo, Japan.