Student Contributor: M. Foraker
Brain Breaks can be used for individual students or for whole group. These brain breaks for correction are used when a specific student or students are off task and need some sort of movement to release energy and focus their brain back onto the lesson or activity.
For specific students, brain breaks can be something quick and effective for the child to release energy when he or she is off task. These brain breaks can be some type of movement that the student and teacher have an agreement on such as taking a lap around the classroom, push-ups or sit-ups off to the side, standing/stretching, and more. As for whole class brain breaks, these can also be used when the entire class seems to be off task and wiggly. This type of whole class movement can be stretching, using dance videos, jumping jacks while counting, short games, and more. These can be very useful with young students who have a hard time sitting still and need to get some “wiggles” out during a lesson.
This tool is used in the corrective phase because it will be used to correct off task and moving behavior that is disruptive to either a student, students, or the teacher. The tool is used as a short movement break to redirect a specific students or students back on track if needed. This tool can be used in the teacher directed or collaborative phase because the teacher will decide if the brain breaks for correction are needed. The teacher will notice if the class is off task and therefore make the decision of using a brain break to release energy and refocus the students' brains back on track. For specific students, the teacher and student will collaborate in coming up with a movement break the student can use if he or she is off task during a lesson.
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Tool Source: Physical Education class at Eastern Washington University