Morehead State University

Poster Title

Break Before You Start

Institution

Morehead State University

Abstract

“Brain breaks” a term used to describe brief physical activity that occurs during transition times in a classroom setting. Brain breaks promote movement throughout the day, increasing the amount of time students engage in daily physical activity recommended for students Studies have also shown that the student brain can pay attention for approximately 15 minutes before needing a break (Almarode & Almarode, 2008). A six week research project monitored first and second grade students' classroom attention rates with and without breaks. Analysis of both on and off-task behavior data indicated that breaks are highly effective in promoting student on-task behavior. Allowing students to give their brains a quick rest significantly cuts down on the amount of students’ off-task and decreased the amount of behavioral issues.

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Break Before You Start

“Brain breaks” a term used to describe brief physical activity that occurs during transition times in a classroom setting. Brain breaks promote movement throughout the day, increasing the amount of time students engage in daily physical activity recommended for students Studies have also shown that the student brain can pay attention for approximately 15 minutes before needing a break (Almarode & Almarode, 2008). A six week research project monitored first and second grade students' classroom attention rates with and without breaks. Analysis of both on and off-task behavior data indicated that breaks are highly effective in promoting student on-task behavior. Allowing students to give their brains a quick rest significantly cuts down on the amount of students’ off-task and decreased the amount of behavioral issues.