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Movement Breaks


Brain breaks that include movement allow learners to refresh their thinking and focus on learning new information. Sitting in desks for prolonged periods can cause full body fatigue and impede learning. Movement breaks provide the opportunity for learners to be physically active and release their excess energy, supporting their Physical Well-being and increasing Cognitive Flexibility.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn about the different ways these teachers integrate and adapt energizers in their classrooms for movement breaks. By making these energizers relevant to the content being taught in their classes, the teachers encourage engagement and Attention while making learning fun.

  • Often, secondary learners are moving from class to class, which aids in integrating movement in the school day. However, during class periods and longer block classes, teachers can encourage movement through mobile group-based activities such as gallery walks. These activities can be used after mini-lessons to help students practice and solidify their content learning.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Explore a variety of apps and websites that can be used for movement and brain breaks. Products like Brain Breaks, GoNoodle and PE Games provide ideas of movement activities for teachers to try with their students.

  • Developers can create products that encourage movement and physical activity. Through videos, music, and activities, they can also embed prompts that encourage learners to take a break and move.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy