Brain Breaks: The Good, the Bad & the Fab

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Published on October 31, 2018

Author: Classcraft


1. Presented by Jacquelyn Freeman, Science Teacher, Grade 8 Brain Breaks: The Good, the Bad & the Fab Jacquelyn Freeman

2. Brain Breaks: The Good, the Bad & the Fabulous ● The purpose of brain breaks ● Brain breaks & today's learners ● Pros & cons ● Teacher's outlook ● Student's thoughts ● Brain breaks in action

3. The Purpose of Brain Breaks? “Brain breaks are are mental breaks designed to help students stay focused. The breaks energize or relax ... [and] provide processing time for students to solidify their learning.” (Jensen, 2018/adapted from Alison Newman)

4. Brain Breaks & Today’s Learners We teach digital learners to be: 1. Technologically adept 2. Able to multitask 3. Creative & global-minded 4. Active & abstract problem solvers (Prensky, 2001, Prensky, 2006) Digital learners can also develop: 1. Anxiety disorders - 25% of teenagers are affected, a percentage that has steadily risen over the past 30 years (Heitler, 2018) 2. Addiction - 20% meet the clinical standard of internet addiction (Peter Southwick, 2015) 3. Impatience 4. Poor basic social skills

5. Brain Breaks & Today’s Learners Students look for engagement in everything they are involved in. Teachers provide educational engagement, but students also need social engagement.

6. Brain Breaks: The Good ● Emotional & mental release ● Bolsters abstract thinking ● Decreases anxiety ● Builds social & cooperative skills ● Allows a tech break ● Creates a stronger classroom community

7. Brain Breaks: The Bad ● Chaotic classroom ● Time strain ● “Party class” reputation ● Instructional pacing impact ● Loss of purpose ● Unnecessary distraction

8. Brain Breaks: The Fabulous ● Build rapture & rapport ● Boost instructional reflection & pacing ● Create student-centered classroom ● Instill a sense of belonging

9. Teacher’s Outlook

10. Student’s Thoughts “The brain break has been good because it has been relieving stress.” - Keon “It helps get the talking out of your system” - Mark “I think brain breaks are truly helpful because they are like a stop sign for stress. And helps us learn more about each other.” - Luis

11. Brain Breaks: Examples Confidence/anxiety brain breaks ● Stacking cups ● Yoga ● Ballon breathe ● Office tennis ● Pop culture quizzes Reinforcement brain breaks ● Math/learning games (Kahoot) ● Go Greek ● Scrabble in a bag ● Science charades

12. Brain Breaks & Classcraft Classcraft provides a plethora of tools to help with your brain breaks. They focus on the social spectrum of class, allowing students to interact with one another beyond academics. ● The Riders of Vay — generates random events which are a great way to start class with a shared experience that's not tied to the curriculum ● The Wheel of Destiny — this random student/team picker is perfect for selecting students for game play ● The Forest Run or The White Mountain — the stopwatch or countdown can be used to make sure you end your brain breaks on time ● The Makus Valley — volume meter helps to make sure your students use their inside voice

13. Brain Breaks in Action

14. Questions?

15. Jacquelyn Freeman Science, Grade 8 @classcraftgame Stay in Touch

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