Try a U of T 3-minute Movement Break!

Are you looking for ways to keep your students active and engaged in class? Consider using 3-minute Movement Breaks to break up your long classes.

Created by U of T Professors Drs. Ananya Banerjee and Jackie Bender and funded by U of T’s Learning & Education Advancement Fund (LEAF), the 3-minute Movement Breaks Initiative consists of a series of evidence-based videos led by certified instructors along with an implementation tool-kit. Approximately 1,350 students across U of T’s academic units including arts and sciences, computer science and engineering, and the health sciences participated in an evaluation of the 3-minute Movement Break Initiative.

The results showed that consistently participating in 3-minute Movement Breaks improves student physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being, as well as student engagement in class. In partnership with U of T’s MOVEU and Toronto-based Underground Dance Centre, Profs Banerjee and Bender have produced a total of 35 Movement Break videos to-date with more on their way. These short bursts of activity include a range of stretching, mindfulness and dance routines that are safe and suitable for students and faculty of all physical abilities, in a classroom setting, or at home for online learning.

Professors and students can access the Movement Break videos and implementation toolkit in Open UToronto, the hub for faculty members. With the transition to online learning, now more than ever, we need to keep ourselves and our students active and engaged. The 3-minute Movement Break Initiative is a great resource for faculty and students to promote a dynamic learning environment. 

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