Yearly Archives: 2010

De-clutter to Create Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! For those who begin a new year when the calendar turns to January, as it soon will, it’s a good time to clean up and clean out, not just

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Catch Attention with a Team Mascot

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Picture this…you and your students are getting ready to review the math they’ve been learning this semester before a major test. You blink and all the kids’ eyes have turned toward

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Create an Opportunity Bag for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Let’s face it…many elementary school students view school as a must-do chore and some see it as an engaging center of learning and fun. Whether or not a student grasps the

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Pass Me the Pineapple Please!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I just got back from a weekend visit to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, site of a historic area that replicates the eighteenth century capital of a colony of diverse people who

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Visualize, Please, Where In The World Are We?

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I have a funny travel-related story about one of my third grade students in a school where I recently taught. For background, I should mention that I structure a week-long residency

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An Eagle Eye On Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A recent article by Matt Richtel published in the New York Times offers more evidence that children are becoming less and less able to stay focused in our digital age.  You

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Adapt Pop Culture for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! When I started writing this blog back in March, 2010, I made a promise to the elementary educators and others who work with elementary school-age children – my potential

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Cornucopia of Attention-Getters

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! My research and new creative work are paying off…I’ve collected and designed a cornucopia full of more great ideas that can help you catch and keep elementary students’ attention. How about an actual cornucopia as

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Research Break

Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers is conducting research to benefit this blog and will return next week. Thank you.

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Attention with a Natural Touch

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’ve got a new attention-getting trick in the making for you this week that can be a lot of fun for teachers as well as for elementary school students: Catch your class’ attention by bringing nature

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
Quick tips for common classroom conundrums: K-5
Situation: Young students are getting noisy while you’re trying to teach.

Solution: Hold up "Listen Star," a toy magic wand that you’ve designated to be a cue for quiet. Tell the class, "When you see our friend, 'Listen Star' dance across the classroom sky, that’s your signal to HUSH for a moment."

Related Posts: Let "Listen Star" Work Magic for You