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Thursday, July 17, 2014
My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2005. This video is in dedication to her. She is doing great in a memory care unit in Kansas City. As a teacher she loved to have her students active. This is for her and the many people who don't always get enough brain activity. I love you mom.
Why are Brain Breaks considered Therapy. First of all, it helps them to participate in something. It is the norm now to just watch something like TV or a movie, or people watching, or listening to someone speak. This activity will help everyone to be involved with whats happening. Second of all, it helps to keep your mind engaged. You need to challenge your brain a little bit every once in a while. Once you challenge it, you feel good! This is what happens when residents get done with a 30 minute session of Brain Breaks. Try it out with someone you know who needs a little BRAIN BREAK. Lastly, it will help your body to do something other than just sit there. I've seen many residentas who have severe limitations participate with us during these brain breaks.
This video was made at a Nursing Home in Naperville IL. It helps the residents to get their brain and body ACTIVE. Yes, that is me David Sladkey leading the Brain Breaks. I have been working with Nursing Home Residents since 1996. I teach Math at Naperville Central High School and have a book about Brain Breaks called "Energizing Brain Breaks" which is available at Amazon or other book outlets. The video is 32 minute with a lot of activities. If you are a Activities Director at a Nursing home you could certainly use this to help your residents stay active. If you are a teacher of very young students, you could use some of the ideas in this video in your class. I hope you enjoy them. Please let me know how it works for you and your audience.
Here is a list of the activities and times during the video
Ear and Nose (0:30)
Lap Clap (1:30)
Vowels ( 3:00)
Numbers ( 6:50)
Fish and Snake (14:00)
Tap Your Head and Rub Your Tummy (16:50)
5 Little Monkey's (22:50)
Let's Go Swimming (25:00)
Let's Make a Pie (28:20)
Are you restricted in any way because of physical limitations? This is the video for you. This will get you active for 30 minutes. You will be crossing the mid line and using your brain! You will have fun at the same time.
Thanks in advance for your feedback on this.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Thumb War or Peace is a brain break done with a partner.
1. Thumb War is easy: Simply lock fingers together and then tap alternately with your thumbs to the chant: "One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war". Then you can get started with the war. The first person to pin the others thumb down for three seconds so they can't move it is declared the winner.
2. Thumb Peace: Lock your fingers together. You will try to work together to outline the numbers 0-9 with your thumbs one at a time. Your thumbs will need to work together while making each number. So You will have to decide who will be writing the number forwards and who will write it backwards.
ENERGIZING BRAIN BREAKS
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Here are a couple examples that you might want to look at:
Saturday, September 22, 2012
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
1. Stand up.
2. Take your right hand and grab your left ear. Keep your right arm close to your body.
3. Now take your left hand and touch your nose.
4. Uncross your arms and move your left hand to your right ear and your right hand to your nose. Your left arm should now be closest to your body.
5. Switch back and forth as fast as you can.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
They are done by Dave Racey from Naperville North High School in Naperville IL. Thanks Dave!
FORWARD and BACKWARD CIRCLES
1. Point your arms toward the ceiling.
2. Keep your elbow straight and move your right arm forward creating a large circle. Continue making forward circles with this arm. Now do the same with your other arm except go BACKWARD. Continue with both arms moving at the same time. Make sure you have this pattern working before you continue.
3. While both arms continue to move, lift your right foot off the ground and make a ninety degree angle with your knee. Hold this for a few seconds.
4. Now extend your right knee out to make your leg parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds.
6. Repeat the same process again with your left leg.
1. Point your arms toward the ceiling.
2. Lift your right leg and put it behind you. Try to keep your knee straight.
3. Lean forward with your body. Try to make your body, arms and leg parallel with the ground. Hold for 10 seconds.
4. Now try the same sequence with your left leg behind you.
1. Point your arms toward the ceiling.
2. Lift your right leg and put it to the side of you. Try to keep it straight.
3. Point your body in the opposite direction. Try to make your body, arms and leg parallel with the ground. Hold for 15 seconds.
4. Now try the same sequence with your left leg to the side.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Here it is.
1. Stand Up and find a partner
2. Here are the spot values: right shoulder = 1, right ear = 2, nose = 3, left ear = 4 and left shoulder is 5.
3. Without talking, one person will touch two of their own number spots and the other person will have to say the numbers out oud and then add them together.
4. Once one person has done a few problems, the other person can give some problems.
This brain break is great becasue it forces you to READ your partner's number spots. You have to think of the spots in THEIR perspective. I have students who often turn their back so as to "think" of their partners vantage point.
There are Letter Spots and Number Spots Multiplication as Energizing Brain Breaks.
Check out the Video, it might help you visualize this Brain Break.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Mary Kay Kleist from Channel 2 News Chicago did a story on Naperville Central High School's"Morning Exercise Gets Kids' Brains Fired Up for Class" It is a great 3 minute story detailing the program that Naperville Central Offers. When students get their heart rate up before their math and English classes their scores are higher. The story discusses Moving and Learning. It also discusses using Brain Breaks in the middle of class. Check out the short video. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/08/24/morning-exercise-gets-kids-brains-fired-up-for-class/
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Have you ever seen this sign in the road? GIVE EM A BRAKE. Every time I see it I think of the fact that we as teachers need to give our students a break. We teachers often feel like we can't afford to give our students a break. WE NEED TO GET THROUGH THE MATERIAL. How many times have you said this? As a student my brain has never picked up things in long drawn out segments. My brain picks things up in bursts. That is why I think it is so important to give our students a break when we are teaching longer segments.. If our activity does not give a break within itself, we should create a break for our students. It should be a short break. Probably 1-2 minutes at most. This creates a refreshing outlook once the break is done. The break should include standing up and some time of movement and stimulating brain activity. I have been giving Energizing Brain Breaks in my class for a number of years now. I believe that it gives students a break in the midst of concentrating intently which will help boost their efficiency. Not only this, but it will also give them something to look forward to everyday as well as help them to laugh and smile in class. Have you ever heard the expression "one step back and two steps forward"? Well, brain breaks are exactly that. It feels like you are not making progress in your class by giving them a break. But really, you are helping them to move FORWARD faster, because they are refreshed and energized.
Thumb and Pinkie Energizing Brain Break
Elbow to Knee Energizing Brain Break
Hand Shake Number 1 Partner Brain Break
Saturday, July 16, 2011
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If you are looking for information on Energizing Brain Breaks you can go to the website http://www.energizingbrainbreaks.com
Thursday, February 10, 2011
1. In preparation for the standardized test encourage your students to walk around the building before they go to class. Some schools actually have a school wide march around the outside of the school for 15 minutes. If the weather doesn't permit you to do this then have your march inside. Get the blood flowing for the students.
2. Encourage students to eat BEFORE the test. Some schools provide breakfasts for the students. Last year I acquired (through my daughters college Ultimate Frisbee team) a boxful of at least 100 bananas. I thought I would see if any of my students would eat a banana. It was unbelievable. In one class there was 80% of the class that took a banana. I asked them right away how many of them had any breakfast that morning and almost 50% said they had nothing to eat yet. Encourage your students to eat. I'm sure the administration could provide some funds for a banana or apple to each student on standardized test days.
3. Give students a BRAIN BREAK after segments of the test. Brain Breaks are short 1-2 minute brain and body challenges that help student to refocus. They get students up out of their seats and crossing the mid-line of their bodies and gets the blood flowing. If you would like more information on Brain Breaks go to www.energizingbrainbreaks.com . Here are two easy ones to use between segments of your standardized test.
CHOIR DIRECTOR (LAZY 8) ENERGIZING BRAIN BREAK VIDEO AND EXPLANATION
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4. Give your students the opportunity to do something while they take the test. Fidgety students love to keep themselves moving. We can relieve this tension for them by giving them something to work with in their hands while they take the test at their seat. Here are some examples.
a. Pipe Cleaners (Get them at the dollar store)
b. Koosh or Nerf ball
c. Rubber hand strengtheners.
d. Kneadable eraser.
e. Silly Putty
f. Paper Clip.
g. Rubber bands
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Saltos de cerebro son actividades rápidas de 1-2 minutos que le ayudarán a volver a estar reorientados y re-energizados. Es como pulsar el botón de actualización muy propio. Cada una de las 50 actividades pondrá a prueba tu cerebro mientras que al mismo tiempo consigue usted mover su cuerpo. Esta combinación le refrescará. El Descanso Cerebral Energizante puede utilizarse en casa, en la Oficina, en un aula o mientras viaja. Se puede utilizar en casi cualquier tipo de grupo. Por ejemplo, un profesor podría dar un recreo de cerebro a su clase para la transición de una actividad a otra. También se puede utilizar para cualquier persona haciendo una presentación para ayudar a su audiencia a permanecer fresco con su tema. Usted puede tomar un recreo de cerebro en la Oficina para mejorar su nivel de productividad. Hay 25 recreos de cerebro que puede hacerse de forma individual. Hay 18 Recreos de Cerebro en parejas que se realizan con otra persona. Incluyen actividades competitivas y no competitivas. Hay 7 Recreos de Cerebro para actividades de grupos que trabajan en la construcción de equipo y requieren un número de personas a participar.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
GONE! All 1000 have been given away. Please do not send any more applications. We will have to turn you away. Thanks for your participation in this.
1000 BOOKS TO GIVE AWAY We are going to give 1000 books away to needy schools. Schools that have a free or reduced lunch program of 40% or more qualify to get the books. See below for more details. 25% of the profits of Energizing Brain Breaks Book are going to underprivileged schools. We have given over 1000 books away to schools all over the United States. We need to give another 1000 away. We will give 25 books (a $375 value) to each school that meets the criteria given below. There will be no shipping and no cost involved. All you will need to do is click here to get the form to fill out and send in.
WHAT ARE ENERGIZING BRAIN BREAKS? Energizing Brain Breaks are quick 1-2 minute activities for your classroom.. They take virtually no preparation and no extra materials to perform. Students of all ages love them. Why do they love them? Because they are fun and make you laugh. They also challenge your brain. Energizing Brain Breaks help you to cross the mid-line of your body which helps both sides of your brain engage. It is suggested to use an Energizing Brain Break every 30 minutes with your class. They are terrific during exams and standardized tests. Just give an Energizing Brain Break between sections of tests or even right in the middle of the test. The Energizing Brain Breaks book is laminated; spiral bound, and has 50 activities on card stock paper. The ISBN number is 978-0-578-05058-4 and is a $14.95 value. There is more information about the book at www.energizingbrainbreaks.com
DOES YOUR SCHOOL QUALIFY?
1. Your school needs to have 40% or more of your students involved in the free or reduced lunch program.
2. Your school needs a teacher (not an administrator) to be in charge of the distribution of the books.
3. Your principal (or vice-principal) needs to understand and support the idea.
ALL 1000 have been given away. There are no more books to give.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
1. Stand Up.
2. Face your partner.
3. Both you and your partner put out your right leg and tap your right feet together 1 time and say "1" out loud.
4. Tap your left feet together 3 times and say "3" out loud.
5. Tap your right feet together 2 times and say "2" out loud.
6. Continue the 1,3,2 toe tapping pattern alternating feet.
7. See how fast you can go.
Goto http://www.energizingbrainbreaks.com/ to get the book.
WHAT ARE ENERGIZING BRAIN BREAKS? Energizing Brain Breaks are quick 1-2 minute activities for your classroom. They take virtually no preparation and no extra materials to perform. Students of all ages love them. Why do they love them? Because they are fun and make you laugh. They also challenge your brain. Energizing Brain Breaks help you to cross the mid-line of your body which helps both sides of your brain engage. It is suggested to use an Energizing Brain Break every 30 minutes with your class. They are terrific during exams and standardized tests. Just give an Energizing Brain Break between sections of tests or even right in the middle of the test. If you would like to see some in action, go to www.energizingbrainbreaks.com. The Energizing Brain Breaks book is laminated; spiral bound, and has 50 activities on card stock paper. The ISBN number is 978-0-578-05058-4 and is a $14.95 value.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
2. Use your index finger and write a large "A" in the air out in front of you and at the same time say out loud the number "1".
3. Now use your index finger and write a large "B" in the air out in front of you and at the same time say out loud the number "2".
4. Continue writing the letters in the air and saying the numbers out loud as far as you can go or until the end of the alphabet.
Extra Challenge: Alternate saying the letter and then the number.
I had a few students get to Z and were at the number 24 or 25. This is a problem since there are 26 letters in the alphabet. It was probably about a quarter of my students were able to get all the way through in the 1 minute activity. For another challenge, have them write the letters in the air with their weak hand. This idea is from Aaron Rowe.
To find more Energizing Brain Breaks go to http://www.energizingbrainbreaks.com/
There is a book and DVD available with 50 Brian Breaks.
Monday, October 11, 2010
You can get the book alone, or with the DVD. If you get both the DVD and the book the price is reduced.If you have a large order for a school or an organization, then you can go to our multiple order page to check out the possibilities. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 13, 2010
I call it the Crab. This is an individual Brain Break
1. Stand Up
2. Put your arms out in front of you and match your fingers from each hand together and then match your thumbs together.
3. Now put lower your middle fingers so that the knuckles touch. Keep them flat against each other.
4. Now un-touch and retouch your thumbs.
5. Now un-touch and retouch your index fingers.
6. Now un-touch and retouch your ring fingers.
7. Lastly, un-touch and retouch your pinkies.
Good luck. This one was difficult.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Energizing Brain Breaks Book Give Away ends after the first 10 valid entries. All 10 entries have been made. These will go fast, get your entry in soon. (sorry, only entries delivered to US or Canada will be accepted)
Do you know of an administrator that is interested in brain breaks? Maybe it is your principal or your wellness advisor, or it might even be a superintendent. Then you could get two free complimentary copies of the book "Energizing Brain Breaks" sent directly to you. The first copy you would keep for yourself. (If you already have one of the books, then you could give it to a colleague) The second copy you would take personally to your administrator and share it with them. Be sure to tell them about the blog http://brainbreaks.blogspot.com/ with video examples of many of the 50 Activities.
Whole schools (and even a whole district) have been getting the "Energizing Brain Break" book for their teachers. Teachers love this book because there is No Prep Time and No Extra Set Up and yet it is so valuable. Students from K-12 are benefiting from taking a small 1-2 minute break in the middle of a class to get refocused and refreshed.
Once an administrator sees the book it will make a big impression. Please send an email to email@example.com Here is what you need to include in your email to get the free books. Please be sure to fill out each question so it will be a valid entry. Only the first 10 valid entries will be sent the books.
1. Your name and address (where you want the books to be sent)
2. Your position. (grade and school)
3. Where did you hear about "Energizing Brain Breaks" book?
4. Why do you believe in Brain Breaks in the classroom.
5. Your administrators name, position, address and email.
6. Describe how you know this administrator and why you think this administrator would like to get invested in "Energizing Brain Breaks"
Take advantage of this as soon as you can!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 9, 2010
4. PE4Life.org is an excellent place for resources. Their mission is to keep kids moving and learning. Click here to go to their resource page. The book is now available at PE4life.
Monday, July 5, 2010
So Jean Blaydes inspired me to write a book of Brain Breaks called Energizing Brain Breaks. She has given her blessing to me by letting me use a couple of her activities. There are 50 activities in all. The other activities have come from my own work with Brain Breaks and many others have come from colleagues. Here is what Jean Blaydes Madigan has to say about the book:
"Energizing Brain Breaks is an excellent resource for quick simple challenging activities that students can do to activate their brain for more optimal learning. Many of the activities were developed by students and for students and really engage the adolescent brain. This is the resource that teachers need to get their students moving in learning."
Jean Blaydes Madigan
Teachers from all around the country are very excited about this book. Whole school districts are buying the book for all their teachers (900 books to one district) Whole schools are buying the book for their teachers. Books are going out to schools in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Denmark, and all over the continental USA. If you know of an administrator or wellness director that would be interested in this book please their send their email address to email@example.com for more information. If you are interested in purchasing the book please click below. If you are interested in knowing the prices for orders of 20 or more books just email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sent in by Molly Tanner
1. Stand Up.
2. Blink your left eye and snap your right hand finger and thumb at the same time.
3. Now blink your right eye and snap your left hand finger and thumb at the same time.
4. Go back and forth as fast as you can
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Here is the link: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/exercise-school-leads-learning/story?id=10371315 I'm most proud that people are recognizing the obvious. It is better to have students moving around during a class than sitting down all period (day) long.
NO MORE RECESS JUST ABOUT KILLED ME.
I don't know about you, but when I transitioned from elementary school to junior high school and lost my recess time, I had a hard time. My body just about went crazy. Everyone just told me I would grow out of it. Well I haven't. I still need to move in my classes.
I NEED TO MOVE, SO I KNOW MY STUDENTS NEED TO MOVE
Mostly I NEED THE BREAK! That is why I have incorporated Brain Breaks every 30 minutes. So if you are brave, check out one of the videos in this blog like, Thumb and Pinkie, Different Arm Directions , Rocks paper scissors MATH, or Slap Count. Try the Brain Break in your classes. Let me know what you think? Do your students seem more refreshed after the Brain Break? I bet your students will ask for a Brain Break the very next day, because they see how energizing a simple one minute break can be.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tom DeRosa (www.teachforever.com )is giving away 2 free copies of the Energizing Brain Breaks book to people who give a possible “Brain Break” If you have an idea for a Brain Break, then I would recommend you head over to his site and submit an idea. Hurry, you have until Sunday April 18th to submit it. He will judge the best entry and send out a free copy of "Energizing Brain Breaks" to you. Good Luck and Thanks Tom.
You also should check out his site and his blog. I have used it several times lately and it is excellent. See my blog entry at "Teaching High School Math".
Monday, March 15, 2010
You might want to go straight to the video because it is hard to describe with words.
1. Stand up
2. Lay a piece of paper or a spiral notebook on the top of your right hand without grabbing it.
3. While balancing the spiral on your hand, tuck it between your right arm and waist so that the spiral will now be behind you.
4. Flair your arm out away from you. Again, keep the spiral balanced on top of your hand.
5. Keep turning your arm so that the spiral will get back to the original spot.
6. If you have mastered this, try your other hand.
Many people ask me about getting the students settled after the brain break. This is a no brainer. Sorry about the pun. Just watch in the video how fast the students settle back to work.
This brain break is not in the book. The book actually has 50 activities in it that are similar to this. They challenge the brain and the body for a short period of time. They are excellent for those times in your class where you see your students getting a little glassy eyed. I actually plan for them in my lesson. Click here for more information on the book.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
1. Stand Up.
2. Make a gun with your right index finger and thumb. Keep your other fingers tucked in.
3. With your left hand put all your fingers straight up. Then move just your index finger to touch your thumb to make a circle "rose".
4. Now switch and make a rose with your right hand and a gun with your left.
5. Keep switching back and forth as fast as you can.
Some of my students can really do this one fast.
For me, I really have to concentrate and I can do it.
This one is not in the book. The book has 50 other brain breaks in it. Click here for more information on the book.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
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ISBN Number 978-0-578-05058-4
Number of pages 60 with laminated covers
Book pages are cardstock with color pictures
Preview a few Sample Pages
Preview the Index of Activities