I posted previously about the little things making a big difference in my classroom.
A few weeks ago, I learned about The Interlude Dance. It's another small "YouTube sensation." Students had just finished preparing their conference folders for student-led conference. Some were a little bummed about their grades, and I was not totally excited about being at school until 8pm. We just needed a little jam session to break free/let loose. I put the video up on the screen, we learned the dance, turned the lights out, and jammed through the song a few times. Everyone in the classroom, and I mean everyone (including me) just let go for a matter of 10 minutes. It was freeing.
We all need these freeing moments. We see the times on Gray's Anatomy where Christina and Meredith just dance their hearts out when life gets them down. How many times do we just let loose, turn the car stereo up, and sing at the top of our lungs to let it all out? We need to give students these freeing/let lose moments sometimes in school.
After the jam session, it took a little bit to wind down, but there was just a little different ambience in the classroom. The stress of conferences, report cards, and other stresses seemed to float away for a bit.
What sort of brain breaks/freeing opportunities to you provide for your students? What benefits do you see?