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Brain Breaks Kim Cruz Rachel Spencer Jamie Whittley Slide 2 What is a Brain Break? A Brain Break is a kinesthetic activity used to re-focus students attention. Brain Breaks improve concentration and relieve stress! They are fun, fast, and need limited equipment. Brain Breaks are great ice-breakers and help build cooperation, creativity, hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, and motivation in the classroom. They are a handy classroom management tool and importantly are a lot of fun! Slide 3 Which brain would you prefer to teach? Red indicates brain activity Slide 4 Why is it important? Our brains are constantly working to: Receive, filter, and prune away information Make choices Every 25-30 minutes students need a brain break. Once a brain has reached capacity the student is no longer learning. Brain breaks allow students to re-focus his or her attention on instruction. Brain breaks provide the brain with energy required for learning. Slide 5 6 Reasons why breaks are a necessity? 1. Circulation: To increase attention more oxygen needs to go to the brain by engaging in motor movements. 2. Episodic Encoding Provides learners new spatial references. 3. Learning Breaks Brains need time to process information 4. System Maturation Brains are changing as we grow. 5. Good Chemicals Movement produces good chemicals and re-energizes our brains 6. Too Much Sitting Slide 6 How to conduct a brain break? In order to be effective, there are steps you must follow before initiating a break. Step 1: Explain Purpose You need to explain brain breaks at the beginning of the school year. Inform your students what a brain break is and what the different types of brain breaks will look like in your classroom. You may even write up instructions to display during the brain break. Step 2: Set Behavior Expectations Step 3: Set a timer Slide 7 Movement Motor movements are the most effective type of brain break. Motor breaks can help with improving attention and learning. There is a large variety of different motor breaks that can be done in the classroom. Here are two examples one for elementary and one for secondary level. Everyone stand roo/wobbly-man Slide 8 Yoga Yoga breaks can relieve stress, improve focus and boost students mood as well as teachers mood and stress level. Elementary Example de-so-leg Secondary Example Slide 9 Auditory Auditory breaks or quiet time in the classroom can help students focus and reflect on what they have learned. Elementary Example Secondary Example 2-10 minutes of quiet time No music, no work, no talking Time to reflect and collect their thoughts Teachers participate in quiet time as well Lets practice, Everyone close there eyes and remain silent for two minutes. I will let you know when time is up. Ready begin. Slide 10 Portable Brain Break Brain Break Sticks Small pad of paper and crayons/pens/pencil. Book Small Toys Just a few ideas. Be Creative! Slide 11 Use what is around you! You can also utilize what is in your environment A long hallway to walk down. IPAD for a quick game Stairs to go up and down Go get a drink Deliver something to the office Slide 12 Spontaneous Vs. Scheduled Have scheduled brain breaks Be flexible enough to provide spontaneous breaks Know your students Individualize your breaks A movement break for one may not work as well as a quiet break for another student. Slide 13 Spontaneous When students exhibit. Frustration Fatigue Tapping Pacing Laying their head down Asking to take an abnormal amount of bathroom breaks Slide 14 Break Out Session Work in a small group and come up with 5 brain break ideas. Be Prepared to Share! Slide 15 Scheduled Benefits of scheduled brain breaks. Students have something to look forward to. Can use for transition. Making sure they fit into the day. Provides structure for students with behavior problems. Can put on a visual schedule for students who do not do well with surprises/change in routine. Use as a reward for completing their work After a math unit for example Slide 16 Give yourself a break! Everyone deserves a break. Even you the teacher!!! When you are feeling frustrated. When your mind starts wondering. When you need time to reflect on the information presented to you. Brain breaks only take between 1 to 3 minutes. Remember our brains can have a maximum load capacity. When that is reached, the student shuts down and is no longer learning. Productive learning derives from an alert brain! Slide 17 Printable-games-and-activities-for-5-minute-classroom-breaks- 391555 Slide 18 o Brain-Breaks-Break-it-Down-with-35-Fun-Quick-and- Easy-Brain-Break-Activities Brain-Breaks-Break-it-Down-with-35-Fun-Quick-and- Easy-Brain-Break-Activities Slide 19 n-breaks/ Incorporating Brain Breaks. Retrieved from: Jensen, E. 2003. Moving with the Brain in Mind Retrieved from: Slide 20 Brain Breaks Ideas from HPEC In-Service: First Group: Take a walk around the building strategically placing letters to sound out or do an action Use tennis balls Sensory/stress balls Velcro under desk Boxes Hopscotch out in hallway Mini Scavenger hunt Cleaning Windows and Vacuum Slide 21 Second Group: Go outside Use the Wii Mini Trampolines Give student a job (i.e.: collects roll every hour) Heads up 7 up Hangman Two liter bottle of beans with mini objects to find White board and markers Go to gym Flying kites Walking Jumping jacks Pandora: listen to music Silly Putty or therapeutic Slide 22 Third Group: Doodle on dry erase board Go out in hallway Go get mail Dance videos Treasure hunting Reading words around the room Simon Says Marshmallow catapult Bouncing a ball Slide 23 Fourth Group (Secondary Teachers): Running around track Balance Board Belavistics Coloring books Puzzles in back of the room Pettysons Inventions (iPad app) Jumping Jacks Chi Machine Slide 24 Fifth Group (Early Childhood Teachers): Dr. Gene songs Tall kneeling at table Sitting on exercise balls Laying on stomach while playing on iPad Slide 25 Sixth Group: Let them tell you or friends what happened for two minutes Letter ladder Snowball Shaving cream Blocks Swing