In an attempt to increase physical activity throughout the school, I have created a Brain Breaks Newsletter that includes information on why brain breaks are important, websites that teachers can access with brain break activities, and brain break lessons that are ready to use in the classroom. Currently, only about 40% of teachers use brain breaks regularly in their classes, so I am giving them easier access to lessons and information on brain breaks to hopefully increase their use in the classroom. Along with my newsletter, which will be sent out quarterly, I am working on a YouTube Channel where I will upload brain break videos and attach videos that I find on YouTube so they have a one stop location to find these videos.
The newsletter was sent out about a week ago, and I have already received some great feedback on the information that I sent them. I will send another survey out after the second newsletter is released to see how things are going and to see what info the teachers would like included in future newsletters or what info they do not need.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
I plan to continue creating and sending newsletters out to teachers and encouraging them to use the brain breaks throughout their daily schedule.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge that I faced was that teachers feel like they don't have enough time to prepare and use brain break activities with all the other things they are expected to do in the day. I hoped that giving a concise newsletter would reduce the burden on them.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Since the newsletter went out one week ago, I haven't had time to speak with many teachers about how they are going in class. In the near future, I hope to speak with teachers and students to see how they like using Brain Breaks and to see if on-task behaviors are improved.