Raise Your Hand, Answer the Question, and Keep Your Voice Down

Reflections from a 5th Grade teacher…

I know the human brain needs to get breaks every so often so it functions at a high level for learning, so I make sure to give my 5th graders a “Brain Break” for 10 minutes every hour that we have class. Now, I thought I had explained my reasoning for this at a satisfactory level, and I realized today that was not entirely accurate. A few students in my class asked why we didn´t have Fun Friday (my usual response is something akin to “I think every Friday is fun”). Today I asked him why we didn´t have it, and he asked, “Because of our Brain Breaks?”  This caused a small class discussion in which I asked the class why I gave them Brain Breaks, and no one had an answer…oops. I rectified that gap in knowledge this afternoon, but it doesn´t mean it isn´t still there for some of my students. Something to keep in mind.

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