I have spent most of my career as a secondary teacher and recently I made the transition to our elementary school. As a Technology Integration Specialist, I had no idea how an elementary school worked; however, I am quickly learning that brain breaks are an integral part an elementary teacher's day.
An Awesome Brain Break Tool!
Several of my colleagues and a few of my graduate students have suggested that I take a look at GoNoodle. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to help all of your kiddos get their energy out, this is the tool!
If you are not familiar with this free (and entertaining) brain break site, you will want to create your own free account. Once you create an account, you have a plethora of activities, videos, and games to choose from. It is a fun and interactive site that gets kids moving, stretching, and even practicing breathing techniques.
Want to See an Example?
As I cruise the halls of my school, I often hear the Pop See Ko song. This unforgettable tune will not only get the wiggles out, but it will be stuck in your head the rest of the day!
Why Brain Breaks Engage Students:
Brain breaks an excellent tool to help students develop self-regulation, where they can learn to manage their energy and behavior. It is an important component of curriculum that is often overlooked.
Brain breaks offer great opportunities to help students manage their energy and regain their focus; however, it can also create a positive classroom environment, where students have outlets for managing their energy and behavior. When this happens their engagement increases. When engagement increases, student learning and success increases.