Brain Breaks Discussion Post

The video that I chose for my learners is Brain Breaks for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade // Mindfulness, social emotional learning, & more! 

As part of our interactive learning resource, the learners would be required to watch this video on brain breaks. While watching the video, the learners would need to pay attention and take key notes of what are brain breaks, what is the science behind brain breaks, why are brain breaks effective, and what are some of the different brain breaks that can be used with this age group. This video would be an effective video for student learning because it covers many different topics about brain breaks and it also includes sample brain breaks for students to apply their learning. 

Once the students have watched the video, they will have two tasks. Their first task is by taking the key information about what makes a brain break effective, they will need to research and describe three different types of brain breaks. Their second task will be to write a blog post to their peers about their three different brain breaks and answer these essential questions:

  • What is a brain break? 
  • What is the science behind brain breaks? (What makes them effective?) 
  • What are the student benefits of implementing brain breaks in the classroom? 
  • Describe your three brain break activities. 

Through the activities of taking notes, researching, and responding via a blog post, the learners will be developing many skills. It would ensure that our learners are socially learning, learning from each other, and putting the acquired information into their own language. The social component enhances learning and through creating a blog post, it allows students to work through their conceptions, misconceptions, and personally applying the information. It would also allow students to develop their technology skills and using creative common resources.  

Once students have completed the video, notes, blog post, and responded to a couple peers, the instructor would evaluate the learner on a four-point proficiency scale. This would allow the instructor to assess how well the student was able to learn, build, and apply their knowledge about brain breaks. The feedback would be all through technology and the instructor would give written or oral feedback (through video or voice memos). 

One Reply to “Brain Breaks Discussion Post”

  1. Hi there! I love this topic of brain breaks for kindergartens. I’m currently working as a substitute teacher in my old elementary school, and they have just recently included mindfulness time in their schedule where the kindergarten, grade ones, twos, and threes take a break and just chill out after lunch recess. Let me tell you – does it ever work wonderfully.

    After the brain break, the students come back refreshed and ready to focus for the afternoon. Before brain breaks were introduced in schools, teachers always taught math in the morning because that’s when students are most attentive. Now with the incorporation of mindfulness and brain breaks, students are able to focus throughout the day.

    Sometimes during mindfulness, teachers prepare lessons for students on emotional intelligence. For example, how to treat adults, how to make friends, what to do when you’re frustrated, and what to do when something happens that you don’t like. Schools have been so focused I’m cramming information into children’s brains, but now schools are helping students develop their emotional intelligence which will benefit them throughout their lifetime!

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