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9 Brain Breaks That Teens Will Love

Students are still learning, even during brief breaks, which serve to help them decompress, refocus, and process new information.

November 9, 2023

In middle and high school, incorporating mood-boosting, brain-stimulating attention breaks into lessons can head off student inattention, boredom, and fatigue at the pass. To find many more brain breaks designed especially for older students, read Paige Tutt’s article for Edutopia titled “17 Brain Breaks Tailored for High Schoolers.” To learn more about the neuroscience behind brain breaks, see Dr. Judy Willis’s article “Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus” or Ethan R. Buch, Leonardo Claudino, Romain Quentin, Marlene Bönstrup, and Leonardo G. Cohen’s 2021 research on how rest intervals strengthen the consolidation of skills.  

To learn more about each of the breaks shown in the video, visit these sources: 

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