Brain Breaks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet’s face it; focusing can be hard. Paying attention to one thing for a long period of time is a challenge, no matter who you are. Trying to get 20 students to focus on a lecture in your classroom can be one of the hardest things about teaching. When your students just can’t pay attention any longer, we suggest giving them a brain break.

Brain breaks are little deviations from your lesson plan that allow the students to get up, move around, and change their mental direction for a little bit. By letting kids get their wiggles out, they can come back to the lesson ready to pay attention and participate.

Brain breaks are very easy to do in the classroom. All you need is YouTube access and way to get the videos on a big screen. Here is a list of some of our favorite brain breaks:

Vlvis – What Does the Fox Say?

Madagascar – I Like to Move It

Minions DJ – You Should Be Dancing

Cee Lo Green & Jack Black – Kung Fu Fighting

Mr. Harry – If You’re a Girl

If you’re class is having a hard time focusing, throw on one of these brain break videos and dance around for a few minutes! Your students should be good to go afterwards.

If you have your own favorite brain breaks, tell us about them in the comment section below!

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  1. casie says

    Great suggestions! I also like using gonoodle’s website. You can set up a class account and grow class monsters through all of the extra energy you burn together.

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