Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Energizing Brain Breaks will be Published by Corwin January 16th, 2013

Publishing Date for Corwin is January 16th, 2013.  That means we will not be able to sell any more books, digital versions or DVD's.  If you want to order any of these things you should do it before then.  After January 16th, 2013 you will need to order books from Corwin.  Click here to get the link to the book.

Get more digital versions at Energizing Brain Breaks

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Specials for Energizing Brain Breaks

We want students to move in class.  Energizing Brain Breaks help students to be active in class and get refocused and refreshed.  They are 1-2 minute brain and body breaks that are simple to implement in your classroom.  They are perfect for your students as a transition exercise.  The students love them and they are good for students of any age.  The Energizing Brain Breaks Flip Book has 50 activities in it that will help your students move in class!  There is also a digital PowerPoint version of the book as well as a SMARTBoard Notebook version of the book.

Here are a couple examples that you might want to look at:

TWISTED Page 24 of Energizing Brain Breaks

Hand Shake 1 Page 28 of Energizing Brain Breaks Book

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Energizing Brain Breaks on the iPad

Energizing Brain Breaks are short 1-2 minute refreshers for your students or audience.  They are helpful for students because they provide a short break in their work and are fun.  They get your body up and moving so that you can then continue to work and be efficient.  Now you can access them through your iPad. 

Get started with 1-2 minute Brain Breaks in your class TODAY!

Now you can use your iPad to view Energizing Brain Breaks!  You can present the Brain Break to your students.  You could have your students access the brain break on their own.  It is very easy.  With the Energizing Brain Breaks site license anyone in your school could access the brain break on their iPpad including your students.  Check out the easy steps below.

1.  Get Energizing Brain Breaks PowerPoint Edition.  Download it to your computer
2.  If you have Box, Dropbox or Google Drive then store the file there.  Sign up for DropBox if you don't have any of these.  It is extremely easy and it has terrific educational uses.  I wrote a blog entry on this called I Love the DropBox File Sharing System.  Each of these systems has a free storage amount.  If you need more storage then you would pay for it each month.  I haven't reached the limit yet.
3.  Download CloudOn for your iPad.  It is a wonderful free application that you will be able to access any of your Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from.  Set up CloudOn with your Box, DropBox or Google Drive accounts and away you go. 
4.  Anytime you want a Energizing Brain Break then you can just open up your iPad and away you go.

Energizing Brain Breaks PowerPoint using the iPad screen shot

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Energizing Brain Breaks Ear and Nose Switch

This is a favorite of my students.

1.  Stand up.
2.  Take your right hand and grab your left ear.  Keep your right arm close to your body.
3.  Now take your left hand and touch your nose.
4.  Uncross your arms and move your left hand to your right ear and your right hand to your nose.  Your left arm should now be closest to your body. 
5.  Switch back and forth as fast as you can. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Core Strength Brain Breaks

Here are some great ideas for CORE STRENGTH BRAIN BREAKS.  They are easy to implement and most have you stand on one leg. 
They are done by Dave Racey from Naperville North High School in Naperville IL.  Thanks Dave!

1.  Point your arms toward the ceiling.
2.  Keep your elbow straight and move your right arm forward creating a large circle.   Continue making forward circles with this arm.  Now do the same with your other arm except go  BACKWARD.  Continue with both arms moving at the same time. Make sure you have this pattern working before you continue.
3.  While both arms continue to move, lift your right foot off the ground and make a ninety degree angle with your knee.  Hold this for a few seconds.
4.  Now extend your right knee out to make your leg parallel to the ground.  Hold for a few seconds.
5.  Stop.
6.  Repeat the same process again with your left leg.

1.  Point your arms toward the ceiling.
2.  Lift your right leg and put it behind you.  Try to keep your knee straight.
3.  Lean forward with your body.  Try to make your body, arms and leg parallel with the ground.  Hold for 10 seconds.
4.  Now try the same sequence with your left leg behind you. 

1.  Point your arms toward the ceiling.
2.  Lift your right leg and put it to the side of you.  Try to keep it straight.
3.  Point your body in the opposite direction.  Try to make your body, arms and leg parallel with the ground.  Hold for 15 seconds. 
4.  Now try the same sequence with your left leg to the side.