All Polo District 222 teachers took part in a 2 hour seminar about the use of “Brain Breaks” in the classroom setting during a Teacher Institute on August 18, 2014. Paul Zientarski, Director of Learning Readiness P.E. was the presenter. Paul has worked for several years studying the effect of quick 1-2 minute breaks in the classroom about every 30 minutes to stimulate the brain. The information below will explain the concept of brain breaks in the classroom and at home.
What are“Brain Breaks?
Brain Breaks are a quick and effective way 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.
use movement to stimulate neurological pathways and help both sides of the brain work together
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).
Taken from the Pottsgrove School District Website
Another valuable website on Brain Breaks is: Energizingbrainbreaks.com