Students at Jim Plain Elementary take frequent brain breaks to maintain engagement in the classroom. Brain breaks range from teacher lead dances and outside physical activity to a simple walk or jog in or around the building! Daily brain breaks help students maintain focus, increase blood flow, and stay active. Students look forward to these daily breaks and so do teachers!
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Some teachers weren't used to adding physical activity to the classroom. This was a whole new domain that some were scared to take on, but with fun recommendations and ideas, teachers got on board quickly!
How did you accomplish your goals?
Students weren't just moving in P.E. or recess, but also in the classrooms multiple times a day, meeting or exceeding the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Teachers have seen the benefits and how it increases focus in the classroom as well as with behaviors and are looking forward to maintaining involvement throughout the year. Brain breaks make such a positive difference in the classrooms. I also plan on sending new ideas monthly to maintain interest.
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