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  • 1. Activity Breaks in the classroom Presenter: Scott Williams M.A. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Charlottesville,Va
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. How is it relevant?
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. • 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)
  • 7. Resource• For exercises, cool down movements, appropriate but fun upbeat music selections, and examples check out: mlspe.blogspot.com