Brain Breaks

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What are“Brain Breaks?

 

Brain Breaks are a quick and effective ways of changing or focusing the physical and mental state of a learner. These “breaks” can be a useful tool to help students activate, energize and stimulate their brains.

 

Brain Breaks

  • use movement to stimulate neurological pathways and help both sides of the brain work together

  • improve coordination

  • improve concentration

  • enable students to become calm, alert and ready for learning

 

Why are Brain Breaks Important?

 

Our brain is a novelty seeker.  The 21st century learner is too. They have a desire to be creative and demonstrate critical thinking. Energizing brain breaks help engage both sides of the brain. Movement is connected to cognitive learning. Students need to be up and moving.  When we sit for more than 20 minutes, blood pools in our body - we need to get up and recirculate the blood back to the brain. Kids think better on their feet than on their seat!  Interspersing these movements can refocus attention so that students are ready to learn new material. Using these techniques in a purposeful manner will increase the opportunities for students to succeed.


Brain Breaks at Home


Brain Breaks are useful while your child is doing homework. Your child can come up with his or her own brain break, you can use some from our list of Brain Break Suggestions, or Google “Brain Breaks.” Songs, videos and activities can be found on YouTube and Pinterest. Parents are encouraged to preview for suitability. Remember: brain research confirms that physical activity—moving, stretching, walking—can actually enhance the learning process (Eric Jensen, Moving with the Brain in Mind). 

 
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Resources for Parents

 
 
Brain Break Ideas for the Classroom
 
Websites/Blogs
 
 
Books
 

Brain Breaks for the Classroom

by Michelle Gay
 

Breaking Brain Barriers

by Linda Karges-Bone

 

Energizing Brain Breaks 

by David Sladkey

 

Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activites that Refresh & Refocus 

by Susan Lattanzi Roser

 

Brain Boogie Boosters (CD)

by the Learning Station



Games

Cranium Brain Breaks Game

by Cranium

 
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