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An Education World Online Course for Professional Development


Integrating Brain Breaks into All Classrooms


Price: $69


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Why Movement in the Classroom?

Research shows that physical activity affects the brain in ways that allow students to be more engaged and ready to learn. Brain science shows that if a child is sitting too long, s/he missing out on vital movements that increase brain function and activity. Creating active opportunities throughout the school day for students increases their academic performance, their attendance, and their positive behavior. (


Target Audience

This course has been designed for any K-12 classroom teacher, curriculum developer or administrator looking to increase the time that children are physically active throughout the school day.

In this course, we focus on developing a working knowledge of the importance of integrating physical activity, and specifically brain breaks (also known as brain boosts, brain blasts, brain energizers, etc.) for overall student success and how to implement a myriad of brain break and movement strategies with your students to keep them active and engaged while learning their curricular outcomes. Our instructor is available to help you throughout this course with any questions you may have.

Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the importance of physical activity and demonstrate, through hands-on experiences and brain breaks (also known as brain boosts, brain blasts, brain energizers, etc.), how movement integration strategies can be implemented in a classroom setting. We focus on developing overall student success through implementing a myriad of brain break and movement strategies that will keep your students active and engaged, while learning their curricular outcomes.

Course Description

The push to integrate physical activity across all content areas and grade levels is a rapidly growing movement. Not only is it a brain-based teaching practice, but it has also proven to help students achieve success at higher academic levels, create higher levels of motivation, and encourage higher attendance rates. With a much more clear understanding of how the brain prefers to learn, rising levels of inactivity, and how physical activity enhances academic achievement, it is essential that all educators be able to implement movement strategies in any learning context. This course will help you understand the importance of physical activity in a general education setting and provide practical strategies that you can use to integrate physical activity, and specifically brain breaks, into any curriculum. Upon completion of this course you will develop your own brain breaks and use them effectively in your teaching. Our instructor will be available to help you throughout this course with any questions you may have.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify the positive effects of physical activity, and specifically brain breaks,on students’ personal, social, and academic growth.
  • analyze the process for implementing physical activity into the general classroom.
  • create several brain breaks that can be used in your classroom setting.


This course, in part, helps to address the following guideline:

Guideline 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others. (SHAPE America Guidelines for Physical Activity)

Extended periods (periods of two hours or more) of inactivity are discouraged for children, especially during the daytime hours.

The Center for Disease Control Guidelines for Physical Activity for children and adolescents: It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.

This course can be a stepping stone for those students who are trying to achieve goals related to wellness and health. It will provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and creativity necessary to effectively integrate higher levels of physical activity through brain breaks into their general education setting so that their students not only maintain health-enhancing levels of physical activity but also succeed academically.



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Upon completion of this course you will receive a Certificate of Completion stating your name, date, hours and name of the course. 

NY State CTLE Certified - Our online courses are CTLE NY State certified.  

Need to get your Professional Development Credits approved by your administration? Download the course description here.



Mike Ginicola has taught K-6 health and physical education for 20 years, and was the 2016 recipient of the CT PTA Teacher of the Year Award and CTAHPERD Outstanding Program Award recipient. He was the 2017 recipient of the national American Heart Association/SHAPE grant and award. He was also the 2016-17 community champion award winner for his school district. He’s currently serving on the board for CTAHPERD. He’s presented nationally on gamification and shared its power on the “Global Voxcast” and “Under the PE Umbrella” podcasts.



In 2016, Education World Partnered with S&S Worldwide to begin offering both online and on-site workshops and courses to educators across the world. Many of our subscribers and readers are required to obtain continuing education and Professional Development hours throughout their careers. Time, relevancy and quality are the concerns we hear across all industries in regards to Professional Development available, so we wanted to help change that. As we head into our third year of offering Professional Development services, we are proud to say we've helped over 4000 professionals with their online PD needs so far.



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When does the course start and finish? Most courses available start as soon as you enroll and can be taken at your pace. We suggest trying to have it done within 4-6 weeks.

Graduate level courses operate like a normal college level course and have a start and end date. Refer to the course you are interested in or contact us for a list of start dates.


What type of payment is accepted for this course?  **Courses with available CEUs or Graduate Credits have an additional cost through a University associated with them if you plan to obtain the credits. Professional Development hours through the S&S Online School come with the course enrollment fee.

Credit Card - The easiest way to pay for one of our online courses is to use your credit card. Our online system will send an email receipt after you place your order with your credit card which you should be able to use for reimbursement.

Payment with a Purchase Order (PO) - We are happy to take payment via Purchase Order (PO). Remember, however, we cannot have you start the course until the PO has been paid for by your school or school district. *Please make note that for graduate courses we will need a PO several weeks in advance and payment before the start of the course.


  • Email us your PO ([email protected]). Make sure to include the following information; make PO out to S&S Worldwide-The Educators Network, 75 Mill St., Colchester, CT 06415, Phone: 678-764-2536, Email: [email protected], include the name of the teacher who is taking the course along with his/her email, include name of course, include billing email as we will want to email the invoice promptly.
  • After we receive your emailed PO, we will email you the invoice
  • Pay the Invoice
  • We will register the teacher in the course for you and then we will send an email to the teacher telling them of their UN and PW for the website. They can start the course at anytime after that.


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