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Part I. Individual Brain BreaksArm StretchArm WrapChoir DirectorDifferent Direction Circles Index FingersDifferent Direction Circles ThumbsEar and Nose SwitchElbow to Knee StretchElbow to Knee Tap PatternsFigure EightsFinger Aerobics PatternsFinger Aerobics RippleFinger TipsI Bet You Can't Do ThisInch Worm StretchLap TapPalm TappingPaper TwirlingPretzel Outline Index FingersPretzel Stretch FistsRight On Left BalanceT StretchThumb and PinkieTouch Your Fingers Behind Your BackTwistedX Bob and WigglePart II. Partner Brain BreaksBizz BuzzFiveHand Shake #1Hand Shake #2Hook UpsLetter SpotsNumber Spots AdditionNumber Spots MultiplicationRock, Paper, Scissors, Math AdditionRock, Paper, Scissors, Math MultiplicationRock, Paper, Scissors, Math NegativeSay 21 and WinSlap Count and Say 21 and WinSlap Count LettersSlap Count Numbers Going DownSlap Count Numbers Going UpTenThumb War or PeacePart III. Group Brain BreaksGotchaLet it RainPassing out PapersSnowballWave Clapping PatternsWave MotionX's and O's
David Sladkey has been teaching high school mathematics since 1987. He was named Teacher of the Year for Naperville School District 203 in 2007 and the Office Max Innovative Teacher of the Month in March of 2009. David loves to get his students moving and participating actively in their learning. He appreciates technology that impacts curriculum and is easy to implement. Davis uses a SMART Board in his classes every day and is the mathematics department technology specialist. He has coauthored a book, "Easy SMART Board Teaching Templates," with Scott Miller and is the author of Energizing Brain Breaks, a Corwin bestseller, and Engaging Teaching Tools. David is passionate about his teaching and reflects this journey in his blog, "Reflections of a High School Math Teacher" (teachinghighschoolmath.blogspot.com). David is also an avid cyclist and loves spending time with his wife and three children.
"I have successfully used Brain Breaks with my school staff and these strategies also have the potential to enhance students' learning by breaking the lesson into bite-sized chunks, and then turbo-charging the next part of the lesson. On reflection, this important strategy is rarely taught to preservice teachers and it is an area of teaching that can imperil not only the efficacy of the lesson but the teachers' status in their classrooms." -- Neil MacNeill, Headmaster "I have witnessed the effect of brain breaks in the classroom. After a simple minute or two, students become re-energized and re-engaged in the learning process. Thank you Dave Sladkey for creating a book that simplifies the process of selecting them and understanding them." -- Paul Zientarski, Founder "Dave's book is a terrific way to refocus and energize your students in the classroom. I have used his brain breaks in all kinds of settings and every time people smile, laugh, and have fun. This is a must have in any teacher's classroom and in any administrator's meeting!" -- Scott Miller, High School Math Teacher/Instructional Coordinator "Physical movement and academic learning should not be separated. Research shows that physical movement and exercise are beneficial for the brain and learning. Dave Sladkey regularly incorporates movement in his high school math lessons, which helps to make his classroom a vibrant learning atmosphere. I strongly encourage every classroom teacher to use this book as a resource to transform your classroom into a place where students are alert and ready to learn at their full potential!" -- Bill Wiesbrook, Principal "Energizing Brain Breaks is a great teaching tool. I use it daily with my kids. They LOVE the short activities and get so excited. One of their favorites is 'Gotcha.'" -- Judy Sterling, 2nd Grade Teacher "Energizing Brain Breaks is an excellent resource for quick, simple, and challenging activities that students can do to activate their brain for more optimal learning. Many of the activities were developed by students, for students and really engage the adolescent brain. This is the resource that teachers need to get their students moving in learning." -- Jean Blaydes, Educational Consultant/Speaker "This book is AWESOME!!! I feel that every teacher should have one in their classroom. Not only does it give the students a quick break, but they get excited about them. It also has so many choices: whole group, individual, partner, and small group. No matter the age, any student can perform most breaks." -- Kathleen Richards, 5th Grade Teacher "We use Energizing Brain Breaks in our teacher workshops so they will use them with their students. They enjoy the break and activity as much as their students do!" -- Sue and Randy Pippen, Educational Consultants