Comparing Active Breaks With Mindfulness Breaks in Elementary School Classrooms

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. discover teacher and student perceptions and acceptability of the use of classroom breaks.
  2. determine implications of classroom breaks in their career.
  3. learn about the main features of active and mindfulness breaks.
  4. gain knowledge on the similarities and differences between the two types of breaks.
  5. gain knoweldge on the effectiveness of each type of break in improving various student outcomes.


Classroom management is a difficult challenge that teachers face today. Published literature has included research regarding active and mindfulness classroom breaks. The literature review will define the two types of breaks most often used, then discuss similarities and differences between them, the effectiveness of each, and teacher/student perceptions of them. Implications for school psychologists and teachers will be discussed. Graduate students, trainers, and practitioners will benefit by learning about implementing breaks as classroom management strategies.



Abbey M. Linderholm, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Chip Panahon, Minnesota State University, Mankato


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