Improve classroom learning with frequent breaks

April 28, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Mindshift website included a post titled How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day – and excerpt from Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies For Joyful Classrooms (c) 2017 by Timothy D. Walker. Note that the Professional Library has this book on order, and that TDSB teachers may reserve the book in our catalogue.

From the article/book: I’ve concluded that the primary benefit of Finnish breaks is in the way it keeps kids focused by refreshing their brains. Daniel Levitin, professor of psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and music at McGill University, believes that giving the brain time to rest, through regular breaks, leads to greater productivity and creativity. “You need to give your brain time to consolidate all the information that’s come in,” he said in an interview for the education blog MindShift (Schwartz, 2014). But even without scheduled breaks at school, the mind rests naturally through daydreaming, which “allows you to refresh and release all those neural circuits that get all bound up when you’re focused,” said Levitin. “Children shouldn’t be overly scheduled. They should have blocks of time to promote spontaneity and creativity” (Schwartz, 2014).

Check it out – reserve the book! Rowan

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Benefits of later start times for teens Knowledge building gallery (book & case studies) from The Learning Exchange

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