Our brains aren't always primed to learn the moment we walk into a classroom. These activities help students get in the right mindset.
Prepares the brain for learning
Activates both sides of the brain using cross-lateral movements, spatial awareness, and balance
Improves visual tracking
Note: Class Interaction Time!
When we are in an uncomfortable or unsafe environment, our brains route information to the amygdala, a region of the brain that impedes learning. These activities get the students working together.
Creates a comfortable learning environment
Fun activities for the start of the term or when students are not connecting with each other
Note: Content Brain Breaks!
As a teacher, you know how important it is to review content. But, did you know that some methods are better than others? These activities are designed to help the learner make new and unexpected associations with the topic.
Small group activities
Allows for review of classroom material within the content area
Note: Tabula rasa!
Duration: 1-2 minutes
Just as it is critical to engage certain regions of the brain to learn, it's equally important to give them a break. Students will return to the content refreshed and ready to learn.
Gives the hippocampus (long term memory) a necessary break
Increases long term memory and engagement
Note: Low Impact
Tons of peer-reviewed research shows that exercise and learning go hand-in-hand. Similar to a Brain Break, chair yoga gives students a chance to recharge.