Everyone Needs a Brain Break…

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

GoNoOdle is a great site offering free brains breaks for the classroom.  All students come to class but not with the same home experiences.  Some have had plenty of rest and plenty of food, some have not;  some come to school ready to use their energy to learn, some come ready to use their energy for anything but learning; and there are some who come to school with no energy at all…this is where GoNoOdle comes to the rescue.  GoNoOdle is a great site offering videos lasting anywhere from one and a half minutes to 7 minutes, promoting physical activity that can be done in the classroom.

GoNoOdle is kid friendly.  The look and feel appeals the students in your classroom.  Teachers set up their class in GoNoOdle and choose a silly “champ” or mascot (like the one below) to encourage your students to get up and move.

The videos provided by GoNoOdle encourage different physical activity like running, dancing, and stretching – pretty much anything to promote movement.  The videos are from Zumba for Kids, YouTube, some GoNoOdle Games.
Once you have your GoNoOdle classroom set up the class mascot offers words silly words of encouragement and keeps the class on track by keeping count of the number of minutes that the class has spent in movement.  Once the class has accomplished the set goals then GoNoOdle will take the class to a new level and allows the class to pick a new champ.  
GoNoOdle is fun and engaging and does a great job of giving kids the brain breaks they need.  

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