Attention grabbers/ Brain breaks/ Transition ideas for teachers.
Distracted students? We have the solution.
We agree that we all understand the trueness of the title – No Attention: No Learning
Nevertheless, so many times, for teachers, the delivery of their lesson plan becomes the priority & somehow they are not able to deliver a class with 100% engagement and this totally defies the purpose.
The most important aspect about being able to create a learning environment is having students attention with full engagement.
Assuming that planning an engaging lesson plan is imperative, bringing exciting kinesthetic brain breaks into play is also very helpful. When such a technique is applied it increases the students’ engagement to a great extent.
Why kinesthetic brain breaks?
This is because kinesthetic methods involve active body movement which include reaching the lateral extremes of one’s body, spinning and cross-lateral movement like walking, crawling etc, as shown in the video below. Such activities stimulate the right and left hemispheres of the brain thus ensuring mindfulness and active involvement. It has also been proven that 1 minute of movement brings 15% more oxygen to the brain. On watching the video below, we can see that all the attention grabbers are movement based for these sole reasons.
Some more important pointers–
There are still a few things to keep in mind before employing kinesthetic attention grabbers in the class.
- Ensure 100% attention as you start teaching. If in a class of 10 students, 9 are paying attention, the 1 outlier will end up distracting another student, and therefore create a ripple effect of distraction. So, it is imperative to ensure 100% efficacy when employing these techniques.
- Secondly, it must be kept in mind that the point of these methods is to ensure quality teaching. Many times, teachers will employ these methods and then for a second, break the chain of attention by doing something like searching for a board marker. While it may seem trivial, such minuscule details play a big role in maintaining the chain of attention. So as soon as you have their attention, start teaching immediately.
When do you use brain breaks?-
1)At the start of the class.
2) In between the class, when early signs of disengagement are seen. For example- staring away into space, fidgeting, talking to other students, wiggly hands and feet, failing to follow instructions etc.
3) Before doing a recap of the class at the end.