No Series: Physical Release: Reviving the Room

Physical Release: Reviving the Room

Lesson Objective: Energize and refocus your students with 5-second mid-lesson breaks
All Grades / All Subjects / Class Breaks
1 MIN

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Thought starters

  1. How can quick breaks help students get refocused?
  2. Notice Ms. Dwyer keeps the drum roll just long enough to add excitement and then ends it with a hand signal Consider what other types of physical releases and mental breaks you could do in less than 5 seconds?

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  • Private message to Heather Sparks

1. How can quick breaks help students get refocused? - Quick breaks allow students to have time to mentally relax from learning. Also, it can alleviate stress, but in addition can bring some fun into the classroom. 
 

2. Notice Ms. Dwyer keeps the drum roll just long enough to add excitement and then ends it with a hand signal. Consider what other types of physical releases and mental breaks you could do in less than 5 seconds? - Stretching, standing, jumping, clapping, conjur up a rainstorm allows the students to tap their fingers on their desk. Count your way backwards to end it. These are all great examples of physical releases and mental breaks that could be used. 

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  • Private message to Rebekah Burns

1. It helps them refocus, centers themselves, and opens them to learning. Having the students participate in the quick breaks can help relieve anxiety or overwhelming feelings that may occur when learning new topics. 

2. Deep breaths with the eyes closed, clapping a short rhythm, stomping or jumping, playing an air instrument, fun attention grabbers, or stretching are quick ways that provide a physical release and mental breaks for the students. These should be quick and create little to no disturbances to the class or surrounding classes. 

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  • Private message to Gretta Brinson
  1. How can quick breaks help students get refocused? A physical change such as a hand driven drum roll or breathing exercise gives a physical release to help the students to refocus on learning. Especially when they are stressed or frustrated with a difficult assignment.
  2. Notice Ms. Dwyer keeps the drum roll just long enough to add excitement and then ends it with a hand signal Consider what other types of physical releases and mental breaks you could do in less than 5 seconds? A clapping sequence or a standup up, reach up, breath, sit down, and eyes focus to me to reset and refocus might be fun and effective as well.
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THOUGHT STARTERS

  1. How can quick breaks help students get refocused? Helps to refocus and retain information being taught. 
  2. Notice Ms. Dwyer keeps the drum roll just long enough to add excitement and then ends it with a hand signal Consider what other types of physical releases and mental breaks you could do in less than 5 seconds? Deep breathing , synchronized hand claps, quick motivational rhyme. 
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  • Private message to Drexal Gaffney

 

  1. How can quick breaks help students get refocused?  The quick break gives students a chance to gather themselves and get ready to work. Sometimes right in the middle of assignments if I see students struggling I ask them to stand reach up with spirit fingers moving.
  2. Notice Ms. Dwyer keeps the drum roll just long enough to add excitement and then ends it with a hand signal Consider what other types of physical releases and mental breaks you could do in less than 5 seconds? I like to sing with a beat since I am a long time drummer at School and Church over 40 years. Have the class to stand.count down backwards from 10-1 then sit. 
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  • 03:08: MARY DWYER: Not every lesson we teach is a lesson that they’re extremely interested in, so we have to

    03:08: MARY DWYER: Not every lesson we teach is a lesson that they’re extremely interested in, so we have to get a hook in there, we have to have little breaks for them as well, and that’s just the physical release. Something that adds a little bit of excitement.
    03:22: MARY DWYER [in class]: Give me a drumroll.
    STUDENTS: [Drumroll]
    MARY DWYER: And cut.
    03:29: MARY DWYER: The physical release is good for them. I mean just being able to do that [claps hands], or the, uh, [breathes], the breathing, that helps them, and helps to refocus them, get them, you know, back to where we want them to be, so they’re open again to learning. It’s very difficult to sit in a desk all day.
    03:44: MARY DWYER [in class]: In. [breathes] And out. [breathes]. In. [breathes] And out. [breathes].
    03:53: MARY DWYER: I remember as, being a student, we were in rows. That was it, you didn’t move, you didn’t speak. What we know now, so much about education, and how we want children to remember what they learn, not just to sit there and learn it for today, but to remember these things for, for the rest of their lives.

School Details

Nicholas Oresko School
33 East 24th Street
Bayonne NJ 07002
Population: 466

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Mary Dwyer
English Language Arts Social Studies / 5 / Teacher

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