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Brain brakes with physical activities

Brain brakes with physical activities

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Hello everyone  
Great news !

This Spring my Grade 4 class participated in a contest to help promote better learning through exercise which I called "brain-brakes" in the classroom. We did Yoga, Zumba, running, etc. while projecting the exercises on the SmartBoard from the site GoNoodle.com. When the contest for a classroom makeover was announced, I submitted an entry as a teacher sharing the kids thoughts. I am now 1 of 5 finalist of the ‪#‎GoNoodle‬Extreme Classroom Makeover.

GoNoodle is a wonderful way of adding Brain Brakes which give students a chance to move and oxygenate their brain which, in turns, helps with focus. Our little jitterbugs get a chance to let out some energy while having fun. Please vote for me at the following link and please share the link with your friends to win this classroom makeover to give the kids space to move and learn more effectively ! 



Thank you kindly !

Cheers !

Mme Karine Fortin, 


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John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct faculty Antioch University New England

I have always done movement breaks in my 1-2 classroom, but just the last month of the school year I tried the GoNoodle stuff on my interactive white board. The running races are hysterical to watch. I plan on incorporating more of it this year.

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Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

Thanks for sharing, Karine! I can't use this as I see my kids once a week for 42 minutes, but, I am sharing with my colleagues as I'm sure someone will be able to use it!

Good luck with contest! I voted for you!


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