There is a common misconception among people that productivity is at its peak when you work until you complete all the tasks on your to-do list. It, unfortunately, has an adverse effect.
Working for long hours without breaks will drain you out. It results in a lack of motivation, interest and productivity. Additionally, it also affects your physical and mental health.
This common misconception pertains to teachers as well. As a teacher, you not only teach for long hours but also spend significant time planning and preparing for the class. As a result, you might end up spending long hours straight working. Is doing it necessary? No. Let’s learn why.
Why Should You Take Brain Breaks?
- Increases Productivity
Taking brain breaks helps in increasing productivity. This might sound counterintuitive but this is what brain breaks do. It freshens up your mind and helps you pay more attention.
If you teach online using a teache app, your screen time increases significantly. At some point, you might start blacking out. Also, spending extended time staring at the screen leads to eye strain and headaches, significantly affecting your productivity. Even if you teach in a traditional classroom, you will face similar problems reading through books and study materials and explaining topics without any break.
Hence, taking short breaks to relax should be a priority to boost your productivity.
- Improves Focus
Performing any task for an extended period of time breaks your focus; you start losing focus. Take breaks and focus on something else other than what you are doing and get back to what you were doing. You will yourself find out the difference.
If you have longer class hours scheduled, make sure to take a break before starting a new topic so that not only you but your students also can focus on what is being taught.
- Improves Performance
Your students’ performance is directly proportional to your performance. Hence, you should also focus on your performance as a teacher. Also, you might have some goals to achieve, not performing well will affect it as well.
To make it clearer, your goal should be more inclined towards quality work and getting things done well instead of just getting them done. When you focus on this, your students will follow the same path.
- Helps You Solve Problems Better
When facing a problem or some difficulty, you might tend to work continuously on it without taking breaks to find the right solution. It can be anything- problems in handling a disruptive student, understanding complex topics and lesson planning, facing difficulty operating an online education app, etc. however, it is not the right approach.
To be better at problem-solving, you need to take enough breaks.
- Lowers Stress
You will not perform well if you stress out and are overwhelmed most of the time. This, again, significantly affects your productivity.
What should you be doing to reduce stress from work? Take breaks, of course.
The lesser the stress at work, the better your performance.
Brain Breaks are important for not only students but also the teachers. So, next time when planning brain break activities for students, make sure to plan it out for yourself too.