JAM a Minute
- Tonya Krause, Kleberg Elementary School
- Physical Activity Participation
Teachers often believe that if they pause for a break during instruction, students will find it hard to refocus. After attending a training, we saw a slide of brain scans of a student taking a test before physical activity and one of a student who had done no physical activity taking a test. The cells of the brain were much more activated in the student that had exercised right before the exam! We took this training back to our campus and showed staff. Now, we have a lot more teachers allowing brain breaks in the classroom, and have even implemented the JAM a Minute, where our principal comes over the announcements, plays music, and we get to stand and dance for a minute. These minutes add up, and hopefully, we will also see an increase in student health and student achievement.