We all have limited concentration spans. On average, for those of us up to the age of 18, if we add 2 to our age in years, that is typically the maximum number of minutes that we can concentrate without a "brain break". We learn best at the beginning and towards the end of an activity. In fact, there is evidence that we actually increase learning after the end of a session as the learning "sinks in".  "Chunking" creates more beginnings and ends and increases the efficiency of our learning. If we also introduce short "Brain Breaks", we allow for recovery between each activity, allowing the learning to "sink in" and further improving the efficiency of our learning.

The "Beginning-End-Middle" Principle

It's much better to break up the work into "chunks" with Brain Breaks between them.


What is a "Brain Break"?

A brain break is any activity which gives our brain a break from the task on which it has been concentrated.

Brain breaks can be mental or physical activities which exercise the brain

eg.  connecting the left and right hemispheres, or getting a good supply of oxygen to the brain. For ideas on brain breaks, see the page on Exercise in the Needs section of this site.


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Bryn Evans 2003