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Brain Breaks in the Classroom

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Learn About Brain Breaks and Why This Approach To Learning Is Important For Students Success



What Does It Mean To Take A Brain Break?

As educators, we know how hardworking and dedicated our students are. We also know that all this hard work deserves a break! In order to ensure that our students stay motivated, engaged and focused throughout the day, we must provide the opportunity to give their brains a break! Brain Breaks are a proven, research-based strategy that offer several minutes for a mental break in between tasks. These short, structured activities work to boost classroom productivity, increase focus and reduce stress in our students.


What Are The Benefits Of Brain Breaks?

As mentioned above, brain breaks work to reduce stress, increase focus and increase classroom productivity. Additionally, brain breaks work to:

  • Increase concentration
  • Increase engagement
  • Boost brain function
  • Boost creativity
  • Strengthen social skills
  • Provide physical health benefits



How Long Should A Brain Break Be And When Is The Best Time To Offer It?

Brain Breaks typically range anywhere from 3-5 minutes, allowing enough time for your students to enjoy their activity, without providing too much free time that causes them to “check-out” of learning.

When thinking of the best time to offer a brain break, it is best to be proactive! Try getting in the routine of providing brain breaks before you notice that your students are starting to lose focus. Take some time to self-reflect: Is there a point during the day that you feel that you lose their attention? Do you find yourself struggling to maintain student engagement? Plan to offer your brain breaks during this time!


When Providing Brain Break Activities:

  • Be sure to time these activities so that students know the brain break is a structured occurrence that does not turn indicate uncontrolled free time. A useful way to time these breaks can be with a visual timer so that students are aware of when the break started and can independently gauge how much longer the break will last.
  • Have a list of brain breaks prepared and be sure to read your audience! Be sure to choose which brain break activity will help your students most at that time. It is important to note that there are several different types of brain breaks including mindfulness breaks, active breaks and relaxed breaks, to name a few!

When deciding which brain breaks will benefit students in your class, it is important to note that not all brains are the same! You may determine that individualized brain break activities work best for your class, to allow students the chance to re-energize and recharge in a way that best accommodates them.


We have provided a list of brain break activities to use in the classroom!

  • Yoga
  • Listening to music
  • Cardio
  • Jumping on trampoline
  • Coloring
  • Deep Breathing
  • Structured exercise routines
  • Dancing
  • Action Cards
  • Reading
  • Taking a walk

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