The Benefits of Taking Breaks During School

It is widely known that elementary school students can have a short attention span when it comes to doing school work. In order to keep them away from getting distracted, short breaks throughout their lessons can help them focus better. The short brain breaks and recess breaks are not just downtime for students. It is also a portion of time then students increase their productivity and provide them with opportunities to develop creativity and social skills.

In a 2016 study, psychologist Karrie Godwin, along with her fellow researchers measured how attentive elementary students were during class. They discovered that they spent about a quarter of the time distracted, unable to focus while the teacher was talking and while completing a current task. Teachers found that it was more effective to give more 10 minute lessons than fewer 30 minute lessons. There are other benefits to taking breaks during school hours. It was proven that it can decrease stress, increase productivity, boosts brain function, and provides opportunities for children to learn social skills.

To successfully incorporate breaks during school time, it is recommended to add a few minutes of exercise in the classroom to reset their attention. Also, use brain breaks to stimulate curiosity and boost students’ motivation and improve their mood. Lastly, set some time aside during class for creativity to help increase students imaginations.

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