I just wanted to thank Martina Bex and Cynthia Hitz for these AMAZING brain break ideas and spread the word to my followers about this idea! My 90-minute middle school CI classes DEFINITELY need energizing breaks. I took this post to heart and created my own Break Break Balloons Bulletin Board. (Actually my 8th grader T.A. created it…. because WHO has that much time?!)
The way I implement my brain breaks are:
- Each balloon is filled with one of Martina Bex’s brain break ideas.
- At the beginning of class ONE student has the job of pulling TWO random names from the Chile/Queso/Estrella jar.
- The first name drawn will be the Cantaninja. They get a sword and with a loud HIYA get to stop space and time to start the song for the unit.
- The second name drawn will be the Brain Breaker. They choose when to do the brain break, they pop the balloon with a thumbtack and they read what is inside.
A few things I LOVE about this idea:
- It creates a sense of novelty. The students were pumped to see the balloons and were instantly intrigued.
- It makes the Brain Break student-driven. Which is not only something that I am evaluated on, but is visibly beneficial to our class community and the give-take harmony between students and teachers.
- It gives the students empowerment in their classroom experience and a chance to step up as a leader. They get to decide when to do the break and which balloon they choose.
- It increases buy-in. The randomness of it means that I am not the one imposing this break on them, and they are just more likely to enjoy it!
- It gives me a break so I can be a better teacher when we come back as a class.
I love continually learning from these CI teachers! ¡Gracias, queridas colegas!