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'Brain Breaks' stimulate learning and classroom instruction

Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 15:55:40-04

COPPERAS COVE, TX — For the October 3 edition of Central Texas Living Ann Harder spoke with Tiffany Zachary, Copperas Cove Junior High 6th grade math teacher and Rhonda Burnell, CCISD Director of Counseling.

Last year, Copperas Cove Junior High and S.C. Lee Junior implemented a pilot program called "brain breaks." The program allowed students an hour brain break to pick a club of their choice. It went so well last year, CCISD brought it back this year. Students are allotted one hour each day to choose from more than 60 clubs to participate in. This allows students time for their brains to take a break. This program was introduced following recent studies showing the humane brain does not go idle when we take a break, rather it is hard at worl processing memories and helping make sense of what we experience. Teachers have learned that "brain breaks," or short breaks in between rigorous learning lessons, are helping not only their students excel in the classroom but helping them as the instructors as well.

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