Energizing Brain Breaks are quick 1-2 minute activities for your classroom or audience. They take virtually no preparation and no extra materials to perform. Students and audiences of all ages love them. Why do they love them? Because they are fun and make you laugh. They also challenge your brain. Energizing Brain Breaks help you to cross the mid-line of your body which helps both sides of your brain engage. It is suggested to use an Energizing Brain Break every 30 minutes with your class or audience. You can imagine a class of students sitting most of the day. Energizing Brain Breaks help student to stand up and be active every 30 minutes. The Energizing Brain Breaks Blog started in 2008 and contains many videos of students performing Energizing Bran Breaks. If you are interested in seeing Energizing Brain Break in action go to this blog entry called GOTCHA click here. Or you could see the Finger Tips Brain Break click here.
ENERGIZING BRAIN BREAKS BOOK
The Energizing Brain Breaks Book is available by clicking here. It has 50 activities inside. It has color cardstock pages with a laminated cover and is spiral bound. It has easy step by step instructions for you to pick up the book and use at anytime. There are no extra materials and no prep time. If you would like to see some sample pages from the book then click here. The digital versions of the book are available as well as the 50 activities in video form when you purchase the book. There is a password protected companion website that will be listed in the book that will guide you through how to get these valuable resources.
ENERGIZING BRAIN BREAKS SMARTBoard or PowerPoint Editions with Video Links
Try one of these new versions of the popular book "Energizing Brain Breaks". If you use SMARTBoard in your classroom, you will definitely want to get one of these E-Versions. It has every one of the 50 pages in a Notebook Document or PowerPoint format. It also has video links to all of the 50 activities as well. It is very easy to use. There are instructions on how to transfer slides to your own notebook lessons. You must buy the book to access the EBB SMARTBoard Edition and the EBB PowerPoint Edition. Go to the companion website to get access to the SMARTBoard and PowerPoint Editions, as well as to view all 50 videos. Companion Website
40% of the author's profits of the Energizing Brain Breaks Book are donated to the Organization called Rise International. Rise helps to build schools in Angola Africa. The majority of student age children do not get to attend schools in Angola because there are NO SCHOOLS available to them. The country is still recovering from 27 years of Civil War. Rise has helped build more than 100 school in the 7 years of it's existence. 10% of the author's profits go towards the Naperville Education Foundation.
About the author
David Sladkey has been teaching mathematics since 1987. He has been teaching at Naperville Central High School in Naperville IL since 1994. He was named Teacher of the Year for Naperville Community School District 203 in 2007. He was named the Office Max Innovative Teacher of the Month in March of 2009. Energizing Brain Breaks is one of two books that he has authored. The other is "Easy SMARTBoard Teaching Templates" written by Scott Miller and David Sladkey. David was first introduced to Brain Breaks by Jean Blaydes Madigan at a workshop held at Naperville Central in 2007. Since 2007 David and most of the Naperville Central High School staff have used Jean's Brain Breaks and thought of many on their own. From this, David decided to create a set of cards where Brain Breaks were written on each. The Energizing Brain Breaks Book idea was born. David's family was a little tired of practicing new Brain Breaks at the dinner table, but this proved essential in creating all 50 of the activities for the book. Lastly, a spiral binding and laminated front/back cover was made and pictures were added to enhance the understanding of the Brain Breaks. David currently teaches Algebra 1 and Precalculus 4/5 of the time and does mathematics department technology 1/5 of the time.
New book by david sladkey
ENGAGING TEACHING TOOLS is an easy reading book that any teacher can open to find some valuable tools. This spiral bound flip book is full of quick, practical ideas to increase your class participation. It has a laminated front and cover with 75 card stock pages. Pictured on the front cover is the Engagement Wheel which is a self-evaluation tool to help measure the engagement level of your students. There are also 50 teacher tools to help build a positive classroom environment and to involve your students. Energizing Teaching Tools includes sections on the Engagement Wheel, Questioning, Classroom Climate, Classroom Activities, Physical Changes in your Room, Attitude Adjustments and Dealing with Parents. 50% of the author’s profit will go towards technology at Belding Elementary School. (A Chicago Public School) To purchase the book please go to to a website Amazon Corwin Publishing Barnes and Noble