Synchronous sessions are cognitively demanding! You can absolutely take a pause or break, as needed or scheduled. You can encourage people to stand up, move around, whatever you think makes sense.
If you do decide to take a break, you'll want to:
- Post a slide, chat message, or some other notification that lets everyone know that there is a break happening.
- Detail the end time of the break.
- Share a timer.
- Play low volume background music (to provide reassurance that everything is still working in the session).
- Use your "away" indicator and encourage students to use theirs, as well.