In my classroom we use brain breaks often. We usually like to use types that give our body's a break. The cross body movements have proven to be most effective for my growing 5th grade students. GoNoodle is an excellent website we have encountered in our classroom. This gives us not only movement brain breaks, but also mindful mental focus strategies that we integrate into our days as well. It is SO important for my students to participate in movement exercises throughout out day and then finish with a mindful breathing exercise to calm them down to a place where they are ready to learn. We also integrate movement into instruction as well as our transitions. I like to use the "whole brain" teaching model for students to stay alert and aware during lessons. I also feel that well-timed transitions can make a world of difference in our learning stamina.
I use brain breaks to give students a moment to relax and release energy that has been built up inside of their small body's. I feel these are necessary in achieving learning stamina and motivation.
I feel that brain breaks are completely effective and positive. Whether they are integrated into transitions, lessons, or completely unrelated to classroom content, brain breaks are SO necessary in achieving stamina throughout our day.
Our classroom environment has been hugely impacted by the use of brain breaks. It is SO important for my students to exert their energy in a controlled/appropriate way while around others and in school, and I feel this is a way for students to do so. This largely impacts our classroom environment because I find myself putting out fewer fires and I have more time to focus on the positive actions my students are making!