Activity Breaks in the classroom Presenter: Scott Williams M.A. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Charlottesville,Va
What are Activity Breaks?• Activity breaks are short periods of movement to be utilized by classroom teachers.• These breaks assist students in staying energized and focused throughout the school day.
What outcomes should PE teachers want from these breaks?• Kids moving in class• Fun, short bursts of energy• TEACHER FRIENDLY! No extra work for classroom teacher.* *-Kids know dances/exercises learned in PE. -Fits in with Responsive Classroom methods -Easy to access ﬁles (video and mp3). -Not diruptive; easy to refocus students.• Choices for kids to pick from, ie; exercise videos and dance videos
Selling this to the teachers• Present an Activity Break at a faculty meeting as a demonstration.• Show to parents and administrators. Get them on board• Insert a cool down period to allow kids to refocus and transition back quickly to what they were doing• Install videos for teachers and show how to access videos
• Let the teacher choose the music.• Provide incentives for the teachers. Ex: teacher that using them the most in a given time frame, their class wins an extra PE class that week. (extra planning period for teacher)
Resource• For exercises, cool down movements, appropriate but fun upbeat music selections, and examples check out: mlspe.blogspot.com