Well, we made it. I know for many (myself included) the past 10+ months have been an exciting, yet exhausting emotional roller coaster with this year’s presidential election. The relentless political ads profoundly focused the population’s attention to which, no matter how hard we resisted, had the election somehow finding its way into every conversation. It’s as if we’ve been holding our breath for days on end just hoping November 9th would get here already. And now that it has, I think we all deserve a short timeout to finally binge watch that show on Netflix and relax.
The typical workday can certainly have us yearning for that same short timeout. The daily routine can be tedious, demanding, and draining. Educators especially are on the constant go go go. As soon as one fire is put out, the next one somehow already has sky-high flames. There is always a new goal that must be reached, a new standard that must be met, and a new problem that must be solved. Educators can often feel like they are trapped in a revolving door and are consistently pushing through.
That is why brain break activities are such a vital tool in the classroom setting. According to edutopia, a brain break is a short period of time when we change up the dull routine of incoming information. A brain break can refresh our thinking and help us discover another solution to a problem or see a situation through a different lens – it can actually help to incubate and process new information. It is extremely important for educators to find that pause button every once in a while to take a short breather to digress and re-charge.
So before assigning the next project, before starting the next subject, or when that glazed look is staring back at you, try to incorporate a simple brain break exercise.
I encourage you to view the links below for ways to successful implement brain breaks to positively impact the emotional and learning states for your students, and for you!