What Happens When I Introduce Mind Breaks in the Classroom After Lunch in Order to Improve Focus and Motivation?
Along with literacy and numeracy, health and wellbeing is one of the three core areas within Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and is the responsibility of all staff in the school (Scottish Government, 2014). Success within a learning environment needs a non-disruptive classroom environment so pupils can be entirely focussed on learning. Young people who know why it is important to pay attention to and relax their bodies are more likely to be motivated to do this over their life time and sustain this practice. (Developing Minds 2019). The aim of this enquiry is to see the impact of introducing mind breaks into the classroom. These breaks, by switching activity to different brain networks, allow the resting pathways to restore their calm focus and foster optimal mood, attention, and memory (Willis, 2016). By implementing mind break techniques, particularly after interval or lunch, I wish to establish if they then return to their classwork refreshed and ready to learn. Breaks during a lesson have also had a positive impact on learners’ motivation and achievement and on student’s enjoyment during learning, their motivation for learning and their focus (Greany & Rodd, 2003).