Take a minute and think about what we ask of our students on any given day. As teachers we want to make the most of the precious time we have them and we do our very best to make every last second filled with learning opportunities. Now think about that from the perspective of a non-teacher adult. When an adult goes to work they are not asked to focus 100% and make every second of the time on their job a productive one. In fact, coffee breaks, water cooler breaks, or even chats over the cubbie wall are all common place occurrences in an office. Why? I believe it is because our brain needs periodic breaks in order to continue working optimally. So why not do this in the classroom too?
If you do not have brain breaks built into your classroom routine I encourage you to give a try. When I first started brain breaks a few years ago I was amazed at the difference they made in the focus ability and work performance of my students. Brain breaks can be anything from a stretching or exercise activity to a silly dance. OK – I know what you are thinking; “Now you want me to plan brain breaks too? I’ve got enough to do already!” So today I am going to share with you one of the most amazing websites around that is filled with brain breaks. All you have to do is click and break!
GoNoodle is one of my favorite classroom websites! In fact it is on my favorites bar on my teacher computer. When it is time for a brain break, or when I see the glazed over look in the eyes of my students, I go to GoNoodle. I choose an activity and we give our brains a break. These activities are short, just a couple minutes long, but the effect on the brain is amazing!
|We are doing the Dinosaur Stomp!|
|I assign “spread out spots” to help with crowd control
and to eliminate the need to decide who to stand next to.