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Energizing Brain Breaks and Teaching Tools: The Naperville Way

This is a workshop given at the Best Practices in PE and Health Conference, Stevens Point WI, July 23rd 2013
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Transcript of Energizing Brain Breaks and Teaching Tools: The Naperville Way

Brain Breaks and Teaching Tools

Overview of the Day
Activities for the Classroom
Classroom Activities Part 1
Energizing Brain Breaks
Introduction
Introduction
Interview with Paul Zientarski
Energizing Brain Breaks
More Activities for the Classroom
lunch
Resources
Self Reflection Stations
Conclusion
Paul Zientarski
Phil Lawler
Learning Readiness PE
PE Before Core Subjects
Move and Learn in core subjects
John Ratey
Spark
John Medina
Brian Rules
Jean Blaydes
Ground Rules
1. We will not laugh at mistakes, or make fun of someone for any reason.
2. We will be respectful to each other.
3. When you answer a question you must justify your answer
4. If you don't know the answer to a question you may ask a friend to give you a hint.
Get to know you Questions
Interview Questions
1. What is your name?
2. Describe a positive experience you had over the summer.
3. Give your interests and activities that you are involved with.
4. Describe something you collect or would like to collect.
5. What item in your house is the biggest conversation piece?
6. What is the best homemade dinner dish that you like.
7. Rank the following from best to worst: Noodles,
Portillos, Panda Express, and Chipoltle? Or agree on 4 others
8. If you could visit anywhere next summer for 1 month,
where would it be?
Share OUT a few
Grade(s) that I teach:
Give a truth and a lie, in no particular order.
Subject that I teach:
Page 39 in ETT
Name
School and location:
Thumb and Pinkie
Page 22 in EBB
4 Corner Stand
Page 52 in ETT
Which president would you most like to meet and interview?
G. Washington
T. Jefferson
J. Adams
A. Lincoln
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. How could you use this in your classroom?
2. Come up with a question that you could use in your class next school year. Be prepared to share out.
4 Corner Stand
Page 52 in ETT
Which president would you most like to meet and interview?
F.D. Roosevelt
T. Roosevelt
A. Jackson
H. Truman
Extension: Go to the link below and put your idea at the site.
http://tinyurl.com/4cornerstand
Continuum Line Up
50K
150K
Discuss the scenario with your partner.
Decide where you would go.
Change Partners
1. Same birth month
2. Don't know that person
1. What is your name?
2. What are your interests and activities?
3. What state that you haven't visited, would ?you like to go to?
4. If you had to eat the same dinner for 6 ?months, what would it be?
5. If you had to live in one season for the rest ?of your life, what would it be?
6. What order are you in your family? Oldest, Middle, Baby, or Only Child. Explain the pros and cons of your order.
Hand Shake #1 Page 28 EBB
Video
Questions to answer
with your partner.

1. How could you use this in your classroom?
2. Come up with a question that you could use in your class next school year. Be prepared to share out.
Extension: Go to the link below and put your idea at the site.
http://tinyurl.com/continuumlineup
Page 52
Jean Blaydes
2007
Crossing
the Midline
The Background to Energizing Brain Breaks
Naperville Central Math Dept
EBB page 54
2010
EBB self published
2013
EBB Corwin
Gotcha page 44 EBB
Discussion Time
http://www.polleverywhere.com/
Poll Question: I believe in the use of Brain Breaks in the classroom
True, Maybe or False
Extension: How can I get my school to get on board with BB?
4 Corner Stand
Page 52 in ETT
We all should be thinking of a low Carbohydrate diet?
Completely
AGREE
Completely
DISAGREE
4 Corner Stand
Page 52 in ETT
Which season do you most like to exercise in? Why?
Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall
BACK OF ROOM
BACK OF ROOM
BACK OF ROOM
Moderately
AGREE
Moderately
DISAGREE
www.tinyurl.com/july23bp2013
EBB Page 6
EBB Page 26
EBB Page 47
Give a comment or a question brain breaks
Reflections about Brain Breaks
1. How could you use brain breaks in your classroom?
2. How can you get your school on board with Brain Breaks?
Please put your reflections about Brain Breaks at the site below
http://tinyurl.com/bbreflections
1. What is your name?
2. What are your activities and interests?
3. What extreme sport or activity are you most afraid of?
(like 1/2 pipe snowboarding) Why?
4. What former president (living or not) would you like to have a conversation with?
5. What insect do you like the most, and hate the most? Why?
6. Without giving a name of a person, give a few positive traits that you admire in someone.
7. Tell about your pets and their names.

Discussion questions
EBB Page 34
More Activities for the Classroom
Paul Zientarski and the Learning Readiness Program at Naperville Central High School
“Exercise is like fertilizer for the brain …
it’s so good, it’s like Miracle Gro”.
- Dr. John Ratey, Harvard Brain Researcher
Discuss your thoughts with your partner
What questions do you have?
What is one main point from the video that you would like to remember?
Please write a short sentence or two to share with the rest of us.
http://tinyurl.com/pbsnapervillepe
EBB Page 24
ETT page 73
You and your partner need to get together with another pair.
ETT page 44
Interview with Paul Zientarski
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. What is one thing that really stood out to you?
2. How might this effect your teaching this coming fall?
Extension: How can we educate our students, our parents and our colleagues regarding this issue.
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. What is one thing that really stood out to you?
2. How might this effect your teaching this coming fall?
Extension: How can we educate our students, our parents and our colleagues regarding this issue.
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. What is one thing that really stood out to you?
2. How might this effect your teaching this coming fall?
Extension: How can we educate our students, our parents and our colleagues regarding this issue.
Slap Count page 40 EBB
1. What is your name?

2. Describe a positive experience you had over the summer.

3. Give your interests and activities that you are involved with.

4. If you had an opportunity to start a company what kind of company would you start?

5. Who is your all-time favorite actor or actress? Why?

6. If you were to describe your disposition in terms of a musical instrument, which would you choose? Why?

7. Rank the following from best to worst: McDonalds, KFC, Wendy's, and Taco Bell?

8. If you were to designate $50,000 to a charity, what would it be and why?
Switch Seats: Some one you don't know and vacationed in the same state recently
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. What is one thing that really stood out to you?
2. How might this effect your teaching this coming fall?
Extension: How can we educate our students, our parents and our colleagues regarding this issue.
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. What is one thing that really stood out to you?
2. How might this effect your teaching this coming fall?
Extension: How can we educate our students, our parents and our colleagues regarding this issue.
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. What is one thing that really stood out to you?
2. How might this effect your teaching this coming fall?
Extension: How can we educate our students, our parents and our colleagues regarding this issue.
What Steps Should a PE Teacher take to start a LRPE (Learning Readiness Physical Education) Program?
What is the Ideal PE class to help students physically and academically?
There is tremendous value in heart rate monitors in school
What Steps Should a PE Teacher take to start a LRPE (Learning Readiness Physical Education) Program?
What is the Ideal PE class to help students physically and academically?
There is tremendous value in heart rate monitors in school
Why do kids do better in school after exercise?
Why do kids do better in school after exercise?

What happens to your brain after you exercise?
What happens to your brain after you exercise?
A Program that has PE directly before MATH and ENGLISH Classes: LRPE
A Program that has PE directly before MATH and ENGLISH Classes: LRPE
Find someone who you don't know and...
who loves the same animal as you.

ie dog, cat, none, turtle, deer...

Move your stuff and sit next to them.

This is your new partner for this segment

Text each other your name and email.
Find someone who you don't know and...

who has the same birth month as you.

Move your stuff and sit next to them.

This is your new partner for this segment

Text each other your name and email.
Find someone who you don't know and...

who has recently vacationed in the same state as you

Move your stuff and sit next to them.

This is your new partner for this segment

Text each other your name and email.
http://tinyurl.com/paulzientarski
Take some time and try to reflect on some of the things you would like to take away from this interview and the discussions you have had with your partner.
Please write a short sentence or two to share with the rest of us.
Page 43 EBB Thumb War or Peace
What a student should do BEFORE their Standardized Test.
What a student should do BEFORE their Standardized Test.
Talk with the people at your table and generate a few ideas for how your school can help our students MOVE before their Standardized Tests.
http://tinyurl.com/exercisebeforetesting
Please give a response at the following link
page 47 EBB Snowball
Number to text to 37607
Here is the message part.
for yes text
10663
for maybe text 11112
for no text
11147
Questions to answer with your partner.
1. How could you use this in your classroom?
Extension: Go to the link below and put your idea at the site.
http://tinyurl.com/circuitspage44
Find someone who you don't know and...
who has at least one letter in their first name that is the same as yours.


Move your stuff and sit next to them.

This is your new partner for this segment

Text each other your name and email.
Question A
Front of the room
Back of the room
Question C
Question D
Question B
Riddles
2. Come up with an activity that you could use in your class next school year. Be prepared to share out.
Page 29 EBB Hand Shake #2
Page 29 EBB
Hand Shake #2
1. What is your name?

2. Give your interests and activities that you are involved with.

3. Are you a morning person, a late-night person, both or neither?

4. Rank these restaurants: Chipotle, Noodles, Panda Express, or Portillos.

5. Fill in the blank: I would like to jump into a pool filled ?with ______.

6. Name your top two BRAIN BREAKS.

7. What profession sounds very interesting to you, but you know you will never get into it?
Discussion
Find someone who you don't know and...
who teaches the same grade as you or close to the same grade as you.


Move your stuff and sit next to them.

This is your new partner for this segment

Text each other your name and email.
Page 42 Importance Order
Take 5 sheets of paper for your table and write one of the following on each paper.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Exercise before major mental activities
Take a cross-lateral movement break regularly throughout the day.
Stay Hydrated all day long
Sustain an aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes sometime in the day.
Rank these from Most Important to Least Important
on your table.
TABLE ACTIVITY
http://tinyurl.com/importanceorder
1. How could you use this in your classroom?
Questions to answer with your partner.
2. Come up with an activity that you could use in your class next school year. Be prepared to share out.
Extension: Go to the link below and put your idea at the site.
More Brain Breaks
Engagement Wheel
Odds and Ends
Page 8 ETT
@actionblearning
@PaulZientarski
@TimMcCordPE
@jratey
https://twitter.com/TimMcCordPE/following
@dsladkey
Think of a lesson you recently taught. Reflect on what your students did.
Self-Reflection Stations
Station A
Front of Room
Station B
Station C
Station D
Back of Room
More Brain Breaks
Page 45 EBB Let it Rain
Page 38 EBB Slap Count Say 21 and Win
Page 49 EBB Wave Motion
Page 45 EBB Let it Rain
Thank you
I'd love to hear from you
dsladkey@gmail.com
@dsladkey
EBB Page 43
INDIVIDUAL Brain Breaks
PARTNER Brain Breaks
GROUP Brain Breaks
David Sladkey
High School Math Teacher
Naperville Central High School
Naperville IL Population 142K
Intro to Algebra
Precalculus
1/5 Technology Position
3 children
Avid bicyclist
Naperville Central High School

30 miles west of Chicago

School type: public secondary

Opened : 1863 (2011: Renovated)

Principal: William Wiesbrook

Staff: 273
Grades: 9–12

Enrollment: 3,056

Average class size : 22.2

Average ACT score : 24.9

http://schools.naperville203.org/central/
Source: Wikipedia
Naperville Central HS
Thumb
and
Pinkie
page 22
Hand
Shake
#1
page 28
Twisted
page 24
Slap
Count
page 40
Gotcha
page 44
Ear
and
Nose
Switch
page 6
Bizz
Buzz
page 26

Rocks
Paper
Scissors
Math
page 34
Scott Miller NCHS
http://engagedteaching.com/
Teaching Tools
Brain Breaks
and
David Sladkey July 23, 2013
www.tinyurl.com/july23bp2013

Learning Readiness Facts Sheets
http://tinyurl.com/lrpefacts
“We are under exercised as a nation.
We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk.
Our existence deprives us of the minimum of
physical activity essential for healthy living ”

Who Said This?
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