Short Breaks Recharge Students’ Brains

Mar. 17, 2016

students raise their hands in the air as they perform tasks from GoNoodle

Memphis teacher finds movement leads to better thinking

Time is important when you’re helping students build their reading skills, says teacher Patricia Bone at Idlewild Elementary School in Memphis.

Her fourth grade students come into her classroom, fresh off a class period in another subject.

So before trying to steer their attention to reading, Bone takes a few minutes to get her students’ minds moving in different ways.

The students stand, watch a video and dance along with the characters on the screen.

The two to three minutes spent on GoNoodle activity breaks help the students get their blood pumping and when they are done, they are ready to focus on reading, Bone says.

“GoNoodle is a very, very good tool to use in the classroom,” says Bone.

“If they’re sleepy or maybe I don’t have their attention, we do GoNoodle and I get their attention and then we’re ready to learn.”

“It motivates the students, gets them up, gets them moving. And they love it.”