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Title: Brain%20Breaks%20in%20the%20Classroom

Brain Breaks in the Classroom
  • How do we incorporate physical activity into the
  • Presented to the VUSD Wellness Council
  • January 19, 2012

Where did Brain Breaks Originate?
  • Developed by undergraduate teacher education
    students from Albion College, Concordia
    University, and the University of Michigan to
    help increase the number of physical activities
    implemented into the elementary classroom.
  • Part of The Michigan Model for Health which is
    based on the Adapted Health Belief Model, a
    merging of several behavior change theories
    including the Social Cognitive Theory, Social
    Influence Theory, and Social Behavioral Theory.
    A key principle of the Adapted Health Belief
    Model is that a health education program is more
    likely to impact behavior change if it includes
    all of the following components knowledge,
    skills, self-efficacy, and environmental support.

How do Brain Breaks affect our Students?
  • Brain
  • Body
  • COGNITIVE Body Image Following Directions Language
    Laterality Sequencing
  • PSYCHOSOCIAL Best Effort Cooperation Self
    Control Compassion Respect Responsibility Construc
    tive Competition
  • PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS Balance General
    Coordination Hand/Foot/Eye   Coordination Tactile
  • FITNESS Flexibility  Strength Aerobic

Why Should I Incorporate Brain Breaks Into My Day?
Why Should I Incorporate Brain Breaks Into My
Day? cont.
Lets See Some Examples!
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Gallery Walk Brainstorm!
  • Think of physical activities that you could
    include in your lessons that would
  • Promote Creative Learning
  • Incorporate into (not supplant) district adopted
  • Get your students out of their seats to move and
    have Fun! (Fun is not a 4 letter word!)

T.E. Dig In!
  • Where can we add these activities?
  • Work with your grade level to find at least one
    place where you could incorporate a physical
    activity into HM. Use your SIOP 99 Ideas book,
    the videos we watched, or our posters to give you
  • Make sure that the breaks are time wise. (No
    more than 3-5 minutes or so)

Where Can I Get Other Ideas?
  • Literacy Coach
  • PE Teacher
  • Colleagues
  • Websites see list provided

Homefun! (Who are we kidding its homework!)
  • Pick one Brain Break idea youve seen today and
    try it in your classroom. Be ready to share your
    experience with the group at the next meeting.
  • Tips
  • Plan it into your lesson
  • Try it out with a small group of friends or
    students first
  • Have a contingency plan
  • Make it a habit!