Brain Breaks for Cognitive Wellbeing











        Cognitive wellbeing? It's associated with how well information is processed and judgements are made and is predictive of academic achievement and success. It's also essential for attaining knowledge and having a positive learning experience.

        One way to foster cognitive wellbeing is to lighten the cognitive load on working memory, which occurs as a result of processing new information. A simple way to do this is to give the brain a break...



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: Students enjoy a brain break at Ridgeview College, WA



        

Giving kids (and adults) a break from actively engaging in thinking is essential for that thinking to continue in an effective way throughout the day. So a simple brain break can go a very long way, particularly if it involves standing up and doing something physical.

Here are just some of the ways a well-timed break can positively benefit learning:

  • Increased engagement and cognitive functioning

  • Supporting the brain maturation process

  • Enhancing mood, focus, and learning

  • Increasing students perceived competence

  • Improving classroom behaviour

  • Strengthening student-teacher relationships

  • Increasing circulation

  • Increasing oxygen in the bloodstream which leads to improved concentration


Table tennis is a perfect brain break. A game can be as quick as a few minutes and can completely refresh the mind and body. Evidence straight from the POPP office definitely supports this!


Here are a couple of ping pong related brain break ideas:

First to Five
This one is self explanatory, a rally that ends when someone wins five points. Short, sharp and effective.

The Floor is Lava
Players hit the ping pong ball (soft and high) to each other trying to keep it off the ground, no matter what! (This can be played with just bats and balls, no table required)

Round robin
Multiple players run continuously around the table, taking turns to hit the ball. If a player misses their shot, they're knocked out. Last player standing wins.

...and If your school doesn't have a POPP table (yet), the NSW Education department has you covered with a list of other easy brain break ideas HERE.









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