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Brain Buzzzzzzz

Victor Prado,   Carmen Avila Elementary School
Here at Carmen Avila Elementary, we know the pressure that class room teachers go through when it comes to scores related to benchmarks, STAAR tests and end of the six weeks exams, so we sat down with our fellow colleagues and came up with a strategy to help students take a break during an exam. We all know studying and doing your part as a student is the main focus, but what if we could take the step just a little more to ensure a better classroom environment? This is what we did. We explained the importance of taking a break every now and then. When a student has been sitting down for a long period of time, the blood and oxygen will start to sit in the legs, which in turn means the brain is not getting enough oxygen which triggers that "sleepy yawn" that we've all experienced before. If after thirty minutes of just sitting down the teachers can have all the students get up and walk around their desks, do some arm circles to get that blood and oxygen flowing throughout the body again, that will better ensure a more alert and awake student, helping them concentrate more on their tests. Up to this date it has been really amazing.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We showed the students in PE some stretches to do in the classroom and also explained it to the teachers.