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Friday, October 05, 2018

Refresh, refocus, and assess your students with processing breaks | Education - MultiBriefs Exclusive

"Does anyone have a class in which every student is the same? Silly question, right? Of course not" explains Savanna Flakes, education consultant specializing in inclusion, literacy and special education.
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Every student is significantly different, and each student brings a variety of talents, interests and preferred modalities. Students still got the squiggles after lunch? Students distracted by the snow? Students lethargic in the morning or after lunch?

Try a processing break! Processing allows teachers the opportunity to reach every learner while assessing understanding and maximizing our precious instructional time.

Neuroscientists and educators agree alike that the learning brain needs processing breaks, moments to pause and conceptualize new information. Spence Rogers calls this processing break, "chunk and chew;" Robert Marzano refers the "act of chunking" as time for students to acquire essential information; and Eric Jensen uses brain research on the brain to support the "10:2" processing break rule (following 10 minutes of instruction and information, allow students two minutes to process the information).

I connect all three important vantage points by sharing the endless benefits of providing students with processing breaks. The top three benefits of using processing breaks are: they infuse multiple modalities, they can regenerate and engage students, and they can help us assess student understanding to adjust instruction.

Many of the processing breaks can connect with multiple modalities and some can be used for one student with a specific learning or emotional need. Try a few of these today! 

Source: MultiBriefs Exclusive