Inspired by a masters class, I have recently begun what I call “Brain Breaks” into our daily routine. I wrote this on the whiteboard to remind myself (I am quite forgetful unless I write everything down, lol.) and to show the students that it was something to look forward to in the routine.
Above the whiteboard, I taped up a sign language alphabet that I got from another teacher blog. The Brain Breaks this past week were centered around learning sign language. Students loved it and immediately began practicing, even when it wasn’t time for a break!
Here’s a closer look at the alphabet. We have practiced the entire alphabet, spelled specific words, and taken the “Ultimate Challenge” of spelling a word in sign language without looking at the alphabet. I originally thought it might take some convincing to get the boys involved, but they have been the first to volunteer for the “Ultimate Challenges.”