Zumba-Brain-Breaks in the Classroom to Benefit Students with ADHD

The purpose of this project was to create a handbook, Zumba-Brain-Breaks: A Guide for Teachers, which explains how to include Zumba dance moves and brain breaks into a daily classroom schedule, in ways that help minimize student inattention, hyperactivity, and behavior problems, while maximizing learning, student readiness, and achievement. The handbook builds upon the previous research that evidences the positive effects of exercise on students with and without ADHD, during and outside of academic instruction. Although previous studies and movement and sensory regulation programs have used some form of aerobic exercises like jumping, jogging, and hopping to facilitate student readiness to learn, none could be found that introduce a dance program like Zumba into classroom routines. This handbook was designed with students with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in mind. However, it can be used to benefit all students with diverse learning abilities.