Are your students fidgeting during class? Are you tired of losing the attention of the class?
Instead of getting frustrated and losing valuable teaching time in the classroom give the children a brain break. A brain break is when we give the brain an opportunity to take a break.
During this time the children can stand up and get their sillies out! There are many ways to have a brain break.
You can have the students:
Take a walk outside or inside if the weather is bad
Do jumping jacks
Play Simon says
Play a game
Do an activity with the lesson
Sing a song
Recite a poem
There are many different options that you can try with your students. This will save lots of teaching time and it will also help the students better understand the lessons because they will be concentrating more on the lessons at hand.
Brain breaks can also be known as physical breaks. This is simply because you are giving the children a chance to take a break and do something physical to get let out some energy and to get the sillies out.
This activity can and should be used for every age student. As a college student I know that during my classes which are 2 hours and 45 minutes long it is very nice to get a 3-5 minute break every once in a while. This makes the time go a little quicker and allows the students to take a few moments to refocus on the lecture.
Have you used brain breaks? What worked in your classroom?