In our current virtual learning environment, educators are feeling the need to ensure students are learning by filling their day with back to back activities. Taking breaks prevents the brain from becoming overloaded and gives time for information to process (source). This idea is not new to the education world but it might be helpful in the virtual education world. The suggestions below will help create an environment that honors brain breaks in our virtual learning environment (source).
- Think of the age group you teach and understand what their attention span is, deliberately chunk activities and tasks appropriately for their specific attention span
- Break up tasks by asking questions and including discussions
- Balance on screen and off screen activities so that students can take a break from staring at computer screen and can utilize tactile functions
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