I will have three main methods of data collection. First, each day I am recording a ten minute segment of my classroom. I review the recording and track on/off task behavior and use this to create a student engagement percentage. After collecting all the days worth of data, I will analyze these percentages to determine if there has been a significant impact in student engagement in the classroom since implementation of Brain Gym.
Second, I will give students a survey about their opinions of Brain Gym. Students will be asked how they like doing brain break activities, which their favorites were, and how they felt, in relation to academics, after doing brain break activities. I will analyze the results of the surveys to determine how the students felt about the brain break activities and if they have had a positive impact on students in the classroom, outside of engagement data. The survey results are particularly important, because even if there is no direct, data demonstrated improvement in student engagement, if doing brain breaks is an activity my students enjoy and if it is somethings that improves their mood or morale in class or sense of classroom community, then the breaks are definitely worth continuing.
Lastly, I will analyze the results of a conversation I will have as a focus group with some of my students. I will use the result of this conversation to further determine the impact that Brain Gym has had in my classroom. I will use the results to determine if I should continue using Brain Gym, or discontinue its use. I will also be able to determine from this conversation if I need to adjust the program or implementation in any way as well.