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Time for a brain break?

If there’s one thing every educator can agree on, it’s that student attention spans are in short supply.

But it’s not just developing brains that have trouble staying focused for long stretches of time; it’s all of us. That’s because our brains thrive on novelty.

Our attention is cyclical, and we simply learn better when we get our information in bite-sized chunks, with enough down time to digest. So next time you’re feeling that mid-afternoon slump, or you notice your students losing focus, see it for what it is: an opportunity to take a much-needed brain break.

Get up and do some jumping jacks. Stretch. Do some breathing exercises, yoga, or just take a walk around the block. Whatever it takes to hit the reset button on your brain so it’s ready to go another round.

For some creative ideas for bringing brain breaks into the classroom, search for “brain breaks” on YouTube, or visit