How do students think about their focus (self report of focus at the end of the period)?
After doing the T-test the value was less than 0.05 which made it significant.
We conducted two t-test because we had more data on the first week.
Our average for no break was 3.74 (out of 5)
After the break week the average was 4.04 (out of 5)
The students felt like they were more focused during the break week
Results for Student Responses
How does taking a break change students' focus (% of students on task according to teacher)?
The number of students off task went down from 4.7 from 3.5 per class as an average
3.6 Students were engaged before the trials. 4 students were on task after the break experiment
Out of a 1-5 scale
Students were more engaged on the break week then not on a break week
According to the tests the p value was 0.00092 which is less than 5% so it is statistically significant
What do students think about taking a break during class?
94% of the 290 who took the survey stated that they enjoy taking breaks.
Results for #3
Out of 290 students, 20% found it to be relaxing.
Of the 290 students, 88.6% felt that they were more focused with the breaks.
What differences do you see in any of the above based on the type of break?
Summary of Results
No significance difference made by the different type of break
Free time: 4.02 out of 5
Group Activity: 4.06 out of 5
What observations did teachers make about breaks in their class?
Link for Teacher Observation Summary
COMMONALITIES: Nine teachers commented that several students said one or more of the following:
“I liked the break.”
“I hope we have more breaks like this in the future.”
Students would work more when the break was getting closer.
Two teachers and one student agreed that either valuable instructional minutes were lost due to the break or “I didn’t learn anything during break time.”
No difference in focus before or after the break.
Students were confused about taking a break
Real Responses from Teachers
What differences do you see in any of the above based on the type of class?
Summary of Results
Link to data collection
Link to data
General Class Procedures
No Break Week
Between the 1/3 and 2/3 point in class observe student engagement level
rate on a scale of 1 to 5
have student complete focus survey at the end of class
Students will rate on a scale of 1 of 5. 1 being not focused, 5 being focused
Students take a 5-10 minute break between 1/3 and 2/3 into class
Summarize Variations of Procedures
On their phones
Talking with Friends
Link to methods
Taking any kind of an intellectual break will increase student engagement level
Utilizing a break will increase student participation
Instituting a break during will increase student performance
To study the student engagement level
Before 10 minute Break
After 10 minute Break
Need 2 sources at least!
Conclusions (so what?)