When you move more, you learn more because healthy students learn better. Research shows that physical activity (PA) affects the brain in ways that allow students to be more engaged and ready to learn. Elementary students should not be the only ones to receive and benefit from PA breaks in the classroom. Within this guide you will find useful, tangible and practical tools and templates gathered from resources throughout the nation and within our own state to create, enhance and implement activity breaks in your secondary classroom.
Take a Break! Teacher Toolbox Highlights
- Take a Break by adding an array of physical activity breaks for students in the 6th through 12th grades to your Teacher Toolbox. These 1-5 minutes breaks should be used once every 30-60 minutes every day for all students, and even yourself.
- Schools often have the most success when they demonstrate PA Breaks during staff meetings.
- Try demonstrating and giving out a few break activities at a time, rather than a huge stack all at once.
Healthy students learn better. Research shows that physical activity (PA) affects the brain in ways that allow students to be more engaged and ready to learn. Elementary students should not be the only ones to receive and benefit from these PA breaks in the classroom. However, there is a lack of resources for secondary-level teachers to implement PA in the classroom and students are not getting the amount of exercise they need. In fact, in Colorado, according to the 2011 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, only 29.2% of high school students and 36.3% of middle school students get the recommended 60 minutes per day. With PE as elective, no “recess” and long class periods, secondary-level students, in particular, need activity breaks. It is the responsibility of all teachers to ensure that their students receive opportunities to better their health and in turn, increase their academic achievement.
Worried about eye rolls or time restraints? During this webinar, listen to experts from our very own state and leave with tangible and practical tools and templates that you can use in your class tomorrow to get your students involved and have fun!
Together, we can get students moving again and maximize their learning!
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