I was first introduced to Energizing Brain Breaks at a workshop run by my local ROE focused on implementing the Common Core Standards. One suggestion for breaking up the monotony of classroom instruction--while simultaneously providing some cerebral stimulation--was the idea of giving students "brain breaks." Brain breaks are a wonderful activity for kinesthetic learners--or really anyone who doesn't like sitting for an entire class period. They also create a mental challenge for students. Specifically, these brain breaks are intended to "cross the mid-line of your body which helps both sides of your brain engage." You can purchase the Energizing Brain Breaks books and DVDs on the official website--my local ROE bought several copies to give away to teachers at the CCSS workshops and I snagged an extra from my principal. Several of these brain breaks can also be viewed completely free on David Sladkey's YouTube channel. (Kuddos to Mr. Sladkey for creating and sharing this fabulous resource with educators everywhere!)
For individuals interested in buying Sladkey's book or DVD, prices as of 12-29-11 are listed at $14.95 for the book, $11.95 for the DVD, or $21.95 for both items, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Rise International, an organization which helps to build schools in Africa. (Spend a little AND help a little: it's a win-win, right?)
Dr. Jessica Pilgreen, Ed.D.