Movement for Learning
The brain will absorb only what the butt can endure.
Using Brain Breaks to Restore Student Focus
~Judy Willis, MD
Great explanation of how movement affects the brain
"This is Your Brain on Exercise"
Exercise is as good for your brain as it is for your body, and researchers are just beginning to discover why.
Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd Edition
by Eric Jensen
How physical movement helps the brain learn
"How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play"
by Tim Walker
Finnish schools incorporate frequent play time to maximize learning time.
\ˈbrān\ \breyk\ - Defined by one teacher as..."a short mental break, taken at regular intervals during instruction, and used to achieve optimal learning."
What You Need to Know
Great article that gives the science behind brain breaks and how critical they are to student learning.
A site for Brain Breaks! Interactive videos, ZUMBA, songs, games, yoga...all designed to re-energize bodies and brains so they are ready to learn.
Why not have students do these as warm-up, brain break, post-strategy, or whenever!
"Moving Mirror" Brain Break - great for all grades.
Learn the Sid Shuffle with your students! K-adult
Fantastic blog dedicated totally to Brain Breaks! Tons of ideas, videos, and explanations - all grade levels.
Energizing Brain Breaks
by David Sladkey
"The Waiter" Brain Break - best suited probably for upper elementary, middle, and high.
"Brain Squat Cross" Brain Break - great example of movements across the mid-line of the body.