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3/21/2011
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23:11:00newfirewithin: @jodijteacher Mostly whole group. We take breaks, but no talking except for lunch. #4thchat
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23:12:00plnaugle: Brain Breaks for the Classroom from Scholastic http://bit.ly/fUk5dD #4thchat [Like it? http://bit.ly/gF3doS ]
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23:12:00DebbieAnnG: That's the same one I found. Great ideas with videos.. RT @ncarroll24: ...brain break ideas http://bit.ly/P9AuG #4thchat
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23:12:00newfirewithin: @ncarroll24 You beat me to it! There is some good stuff there. #4thchat
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23:12:00agardner73: RT @plnaugle: A PDF on Managing ADHD with Brain Breaks http://bit.ly/fBmVLd #4thchat [Like it? http://bit.ly/fHS5Tk ]
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23:12:00jmplus2: How about music as a brain break? or how about music by Steven Halpern? #4thchat
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23:12:00cybraryman1: My Yoga page has using it in school link: http://bit.ly/7tUYkb #4thchat
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23:13:00stumpteacher: RT @cybraryman1: My Yoga page has using it in school link: http://bit.ly/7tUYkb #4thchat
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23:13:00ncarroll24: @jmplus2 Love music - kids can get up and move around #4thchat
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23:13:00EduGirlSDB: Popping in late on #4thchat. One of the classes I sub for plays the Mission Impossible Theme for a brain break.
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23:14:00barbaraday: I like the idea of music. #4thchat
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23:14:00plnaugle: Today played Simon Says to review math voc. Acted out word if I said Simon Says first. Fun time to relieve stress abt testing #4thchat
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23:14:00newfirewithin: What are some physical brain breaks to have the students do during class? #4thchat
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23:14:00JodiJteacher: RT @ncarroll24: @jmplus2 Love music - kids can get up and move around #4thchat true! Love to use soundtracks/scores from their fav movies
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23:14:00jmplus2: RT @newfirewithin: For self -paced brain breaks during tests, have students fidget with a manipulative that you give them.gr8 idea #4thchat
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23:15:00newfirewithin: @jmplus2 Rubber bands are a great fidget, but there HAS to be a lot of trust. :D #4thchat
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23:15:00DebbieAnnG: #4thchat Glad I joined this chat. Could've used these ideas today. Told my daughter to do jumping jacks & push-ups...didn't go over well.
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23:15:00EduGirlSDB: What's nice about a music brain break is that it's well defined. When the music ends, it's back to business. #4thchat
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23:15:00plnaugle: School purchased Kagan music CD's. Beat of music speeds or slows heart beat depending on tempo of music. #4thchat
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23:16:00ncarroll24: This looks interesting http://bit.ly/gUuZOY It has many activities...just looked at it quickly #4thchat
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23:16:00jmplus2: For music I suggest a little motown and keeping a beachball up in the air. kids love it. #4thchat
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23:16:00plnaugle: RT @EduGirlSDB: What's nice about a music brain break is that it's well defined. When the music ends, it's back to business. #4thchat
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23:16:00newfirewithin: I like having the students do desk laps. It can be modified indefinitely. #4thchat
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23:16:00stumpteacher: @newfirewithin I am actually working on a blog post on this very topic...will be up tonight! #4thchat
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23:16:00agardner73: @plnaugle have you all tried Smart Moves by @FableVision? Great brain stimulation as well. #4thchat
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23:16:00DebbieAnnG: Like this idea. RT @EduGirlSDB: ...it's well defined. When the music ends, it's back to business. #4thchat
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23:16:00PatMJohnson: We have been using fitness/dance videos on our IWB from http://thinqfitness.com A lot are free and we start are day with one #4thchat
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23:16:00cybraryman1: @newfirewithin My Elementary Phys Ed sites: http://bit.ly/9OE5IJ #4thchat
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23:16:00barbaraday: I have to be honest. I don't usually use brain breaks, though sometimes we go out to our walking track and do a few laps. #4thchat
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23:17:00ncarroll24: @jmplus2 @JodiJteacher I sometimes try older music to spark interest "Beach Boys' - something new and different or old and diff. #4thchat
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23:17:00jmplus2: RT @EduGirlSDB: What's nice about a music brain break is that it's well defined. When the music ends, it's back to business. #4thchat
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23:17:00DebbieAnnG: #4thchat How often do you have brain breaks?
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23:18:00plnaugle: "Waiter" brain break on YouTube http://youtu.be/y4HLjT1xw3M. I couldn't do this one. #4thchat [Like it? http://bit.ly/grx8gC ]
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23:18:00newfirewithin: For music: play a 5sec. excerpt of the song an have kids try to guess what it its. #4thchat
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23:18:00ncarroll24: @EduGirlSDB I agree - it's a good transition for the kids #4thchat
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23:18:00JodiJteacher: #4thchat Sometimes have clrm transitions called "stretch breaks"...stretch your legs and be ready w/ yr nxt materials in two min, for exmple
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23:19:00newfirewithin: @stumpteacher Excellent! I'm looking forward to. I have your blog in my GReader so it won't be missed. #4thchat
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23:19:00ncarroll24: @agardner73 I've seen this as a demo but never tried it. A bit expensive ($80 per copy) #4thchat
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23:19:00jmplus2: How about anyone pull up Just Dance on youtube and have the class just follow along? #4thchat
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23:19:00plnaugle: Wish I'd invented these for the classroom - desks with foot swing http://bit.ly/gVKde3 #4thchat. [Like it? http://bit.ly/frXKt2 ]
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23:19:00jakramer2: Glad I am #4thchat tonight since we have state testing last week of April
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23:20:00newfirewithin: @debbieanng The research I've read says anywhere from 10 -12 minutes. BB's can be very short, though. #4thchat
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23:20:00becky7274: We run / skip / hop / walk around the blacktop #4thchat
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23:20:00plnaugle: @jmplus2 Wish I could but no YouTube access at school. Oh wait a minute I have a data plan on my iPad. #4thchat
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23:21:00JodiJteacher: @jakramer2 #4thchat I see u r on your new iPad
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23:21:00newfirewithin: @jenbrandt4 Desk lap- walk clockwise around your desk/table OR Take 2 laps, or walk as slowly as you can around your table, etc. #4thchat
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23:21:00DebbieAnnG: Modify with pedals and generate power for the room! RT @plnaugle: desks with foot swing http://bit.ly/gVKde3 #4thchat.
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23:21:00ncarroll24: @plnaugle That's unbelievable...my kids would have a field day #4thchat
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23:21:00jakramer2: I have some of those $1 CD's from dollar store, like pan flute music. We sit and relax listening to that for few minutes. #4thchat
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23:21:00barbaraday: I wish I had a couple of these. RT @plnaugle: http://bit.ly/gVKde3 #4thchat. [Like it? http://bit.ly/frXKt2 ] #4thchat
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23:22:00newfirewithin: @barbaraday I find them very helpful. I quick 1 minute diversion every 15 minutes is time well spent. #4thchat
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23:22:00plnaugle: @DebbieAnnG Love that idea. Some of my 4th graders could generate enough power for the whole school. LOL #4thchat
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23:22:00cybraryman1: I need a Brain Break trying to juggle three chats (Eng - games SS-Cold War) at once tonight #4thchat
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23:22:00becky7274: I encourage the kids to take own breaks - teach them small stretches they can do (hands, ankles, neck) that don't distract others #4thchat
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23:22:00jakramer2: @JodiJteacher yep! Home from the park, so it's iPad2 time! #4thchat
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23:23:00jmplus2: Is anyone familiar with having kids do a little circuit movement before guided reading? #4thchat
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23:23:00plnaugle: My favorite music to use during testing is Enya - very soothing. #4thchat [Like it? http://bit.ly/fCpmEg ]
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23:23:00plnaugle: Go Jerry Go. RT @cybraryman1: I need a Brain Break trying to juggle three chats (Eng - games SS-Cold War) at once tonight #4thchat
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23:24:00jmplus2: @plnaugle Have you tried Steven Halpern? I am a huge Enya fan too. #4thchat
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23:24:00barbaraday: We do have walking track time built into our schedule. We walk before we go to lunch. We have had few prob at lunch. #4thchat
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23:24:00newfirewithin: Physical: Here's a fun foot tapping break- http://youtu.be/m0uiA6UITDw #4thchat
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23:24:00plnaugle: @jmplus2 Thanks I'll chech out S. Halpern #4thchat
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23:25:00becky7274: I have the kids do geometry transformations - slides and turns... we kinda stay away from the flips ;) #4thchat
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23:25:00jmplus2: This year Colorado banned the use of music while state testing was in progress. frustrating. so helpful in calming the nerves #4thchat
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23:25:00newfirewithin: @becky7274 You can do that in your room for 1min. too if you can't make it outside. #4thchat
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23:25:00scfuhs: RT @becky7274: I have the kids do geometry transformations - slides and turns... we kinda stay away from the flips ;) #4thchat
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23:26:00ccampbel14: RT @plnaugle: Wish I'd invented these for the classroom - desks with foot swing http://bit.ly/gVKde3 #4thchat. [Like it? http://bit.ly/frXKt2 ]
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23:26:00newfirewithin: @plnaugle @DebbieAnnG Which it why it is so important to keep them moving every once in a while. #4thchat
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23:26:00becky7274: @newfirewithin I'm a big fan of the jumping jacks / running in place / stretching - we do that a lot #4thchat
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23:26:00cybraryman1: @jmplus2 I always played classical music when I ran the library #4thchat
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23:26:00ncarroll24: @newfirewithin That takes some thought - not as easy as it looks I'll bet #4thchat
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23:26:00newfirewithin: @jmplus2 What is circuit movement? #4thchat
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23:26:00becky7274: Giving kids freedom to work around the room allows for many natural breaks during transitions because they have to get up & move #4thchat
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23:27:00plnaugle: Found the Brain Breaks blog - bookmark this one http://bit.ly/P9AuG #4thchat. [Like it? http://bit.ly/fPge7G ]
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23:27:00EduGirlSDB: I have a playlist of "Spa Music" on my iPad for calm brain breaks. Check out the "new age" genre on iTunes. #4thchat
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23:27:00barbaraday: @newfirewithin That toe tapping break is very entertaining. #4thchat
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23:27:00plnaugle: Just thought of a great contest - have kids design a brain break activity. #4thchat [Like it? http://bit.ly/f5aLOb ]
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23:27:00jmplus2: @cybraryman1 I play it all day long . Baroque during writing. Mozart for Math #4thchat
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23:28:00newfirewithin: @jmplus2 Booo! I <3 music! #4thchat
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23:28:00cybraryman1: You might try breathing exercises #4thchat
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23:28:00scfuhs: @becky7274 During my tests kids pick their own place in the room. Keeps them focused. Wish state test would allow #4thchat
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23:28:00jmplus2: @plnaugle Super idea and then we should post the winners on the #4thchat wiki
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23:29:00plnaugle: Yes let's go for it. RT @jmplus2: @plnaugle Super idea and then we should post the winners on the #4thchat wiki
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23:29:00newfirewithin: VERY true! RT @becky7274: Giving kids freedom to work around the room allows for many natural breaks during transitions.. #4thchat
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23:29:00jmplus2: RT @plnaugle: Just thought of a great contest - have kids design a brain break activity. #4thchat
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23:29:00DebbieAnnG: Great idea! RT @plnaugle: Just thought of a great contest - have kids design a brain break activity. #4thchat
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23:29:00plnaugle: @jmplus2 If we had some money we could purchase a stand up desk. (hmmmm Donor's Choice) #4thchat
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23:30:00newfirewithin: Anyone have any pen/ paper/ writing brain breaks? #4thchat
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23:30:00ncarroll24: @cybraryman1 Does your Yoga page have breathing exercises listed? #4thchat
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23:30:00jmplus2: Curious question: How many recesses do your 4th graders get in a day? #4thchat
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23:30:00ncarroll24: RT @plnaugle: Yes let's go for it. RT @jmplus2: @plnaugle Super idea and then we should post the winners on the #4thchat wiki
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23:31:00JodiJteacher: @jmplus2 2 recesses per day - 15 minutes and 20/25 minutes #4thchat
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23:32:00jmplus2: @plnaugle or how about money for a treadmill. Have you read Brain Rules? #4thchat
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23:32:00becky7274: @jmplus2 - Our kids get 2 - 15 minutes after lunch and 15 minutes in the afternoon. #4thchat
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23:32:00cybraryman1: @ncarroll24 Yoga breathing exercises for kids: http://bit.ly/fLhLq7 #4thchat
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23:32:00Matt_Gomez: Me too! RT @hechternacht: Wishing Good Luck on the new launch of #4thchat from #kinderchat
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23:32:00ncarroll24: @jmplus2 We have 2 recess (one 20 min after lunch and one 15 min in late afternoon #4thchat
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23:32:00newfirewithin: @jmplus2 We have one 30 min. recess. #4thchat
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23:33:00jakramer2: We get 2 recesses, being reduced to one next year. #4thchat
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