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I created this title before the semester started, thinking that my 8 am class would consist of a roomful of comatose freshmen, looking blearily up when I called their names.  For the first few weeks not so.  They were awake, argumentative, and ready to take on all challenges.

Six weeks in, things have changed.  I have a rule that no sleeping is allowed in class, and sleeping means head on the table and eyes closed.  Keeping everyone upright has become a major struggle.

So… I am on the lookout for simple energizing tips.  I remember that cross-lateral movement stimulates the brain, but I am not ready to demonstrate my patting-opposite-knees dance to this group yet – we need to work up to that kind of performance!

I ordered a book called “Energizing Brain Breaks” by David Slatkey which has a wonderful array of activities to wake up the brain.  However, the ones I have looked at have a more complex list of directions than a sleepy class of freshmen can readily process.  Perhaps I am underestimating them, but I need something quicker and simpler, at least as I first start introducing ways to wake their brains up.  (The issue of sleep deprivation is huge, and one I continue to explore, but for now I am looking for a simple temporary fix!)

I have found a new list – 50 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy – via my cautious baby step foray into Twitter.  I follow some authors of college sites (and I’m sure I’m using the wrong terminology here!) and went to the website of Dr. Delaney Kirk to find out more about her request for blogs about college.  She had the above list, and I saw two tips I am going to use today – pull on your earlobes and tap the top of your head.  This we can do.

So, if you are wandering our hallways and see a classroom full of students pulling their earlobes and tapping the tops of their heads, come on in and say hi!

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