Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Go NOOOODLE~Brain Break Blitz

I stumbled across GoNoodle last school year and I knew I hit the jackpot! The kids and I both LOVE GONOODLE. The classrooms around mine can hear how much fun we are having and they too have joined in on these amazing brain breaks! Parents have been telling me their kids keep talking about Ice cream, Ice cream, Guacamole...You know I'm sining this right now :)

I have joined a Brain Break Blitz Party and I'm thrilled to share with all of you what is so great about GoNoodle.

Brain breaks are very necessary and very important for students of all ages. I think teachers can also benefit from a little Continental Drift with Sid from Ice Age. Did you know that the average 2nd grader can only stay focused for about 9 minutes? Yes...9 minutes! What's a teacher to do with just 9 minute blocks of time?? You take a brain break and DANCE! Let me say..brain breaking doesn't take a huge chunk of the day, but when we do break, it's truly because EVERYONE really needs it.

Some of our favorite GoNoodle breaks are Ice Cream and Gucamole, Dinosaur Stomp, Wiggle It, Awesome Rainbows and ALL the Zumba dances. After coming in from recess, I will occasionally play Airtime and we travel around the United States and learn cool facts about one of the 50 states. Before we take an assessment, I like to play Flow and this has 3 categories that focuses on Attitude, Stress and Behavior. The calming music and breathing exercises help the kids relax before taking a test.
 
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 I know which breaks are the favorites and I have been introducing them to new breaks, but they tend to request their favorites every time. This year, my students earn Torres Tickets and then cash them in so they can select which brain break our class will do. To be in control of selecting the brain break for the class is a very BIG DEAL. Lastly, the kids get really excited when they see the "time bar" increase on the website. This bar indicates how many breaks we completed.
I'm really excited about using GoNoodle again this year. It's one of my favorite activities we do daily!

2 comments:

  1. What a great way to take a break! I may need to take a GoNoodle break at work.

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  2. I love go noddle
    Angela

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