Now I'm talking about lunch or recess... or even PE. I'm talking about giving your students an actual break from structured learning while still in the classroom! Many of our students don't know how to independently take a break from working.... in our eyes, their "break" is when they start talking to other classmates, asking to use the restroom, or even getting up and wandering around the classroom, which then leads the teacher to thinking that the student is not following directions.
SCARY (BUT TRUE!) FACT:
Take a child's age and add 2. (example.... the child is 6, plus 2, your answer is 8) Your answer is the maximum number of minutes that the student can be fully engaged in learning before needing a mental break!
IF a child has truly been labeled with an attention deficit disorder (ADD, ADHD, etc...), then you MINUS 2, leaving the amount of student engagement time even less!
Now think about your daily schedule. How long are you having your students sit on a rug in the morning? During Math? I'm guessing it's for a MUCH longer time than they really need to be sitting!
This is where BRAIN BREAKS come in! If you are not doing brain breaks in your classroom.... START NOW! There are so many great things your can do so your students can have a break from structured learning and re-gain focus for better success!
Need some fresh (or even just need!) ideas?
I created a little pack just for brain breaks!
This pack has 36 different options that you can choose, ranging from 30 seconds up to 15 minutes, depending on the length of break you want to take! You can choose one activity.... or up to as many as you like!
Here are some different options:
You can cut out the brain breaks and place on sticks (glue or velcro!) and simply just pull a stick when needing a break! (You can have students pull as well!)
Select a few that you want to do throughout the day. Place the cards into a pocket chart so they are visible for students. Simply select (or let a student!) pick a card. This just lets them see the options for the day!
Want it to be a surprise?
Place all of the brain break cards into a bag and just pull a break out when needed!
These cards do NOT have to be the only breaks you choose from.
You can use technology and pull up GoNoodle (which is also one of the choices in the brain break cards pack!) Set up a FREE account..... and you won't regret it!!!
You can also head on over to YouTube and search "Cosmic Kids Yoga" which has MANY different children-safe yoga videos ranging from 5 - 30 minutes. AND .... each yoga episode tells a story! My kiddos LOVE this! It's also great for indoor recess!
You can check out the 36 breaks in the pack by clicking below:
Off to finish up some growing bundles.... plan for the week.... and enjoy the rest of Sunday!
Happy Teaching friends!!