Yearly Archives: 2012

International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – New York

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Catching and keeping kids’ attention through music was never just a job for New York (US) native, Don Haudenschild, shown in my blog pic below. Teaching music was his

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Comforting Kids

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus! Mid-Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. let’s blend fun with function,

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Principals Catch Attention, Too

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In the aftermath of the tragedy last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut (US), I was reminded of something obvious in K – 5 education, but

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Awesome Animals

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus! Mid-Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Let’s blend fun with function,

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Tidbits from The Attentionology Traveler

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! What in the world! I’m mixing up the publication of Attentionology features, posting The Attentionology Traveler on a Monday – what’s up? What’s up is that new mixes and

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Research Break

Hats off to teachers…and this Wednesday I’m on a break researching more magic to put under the hat…the amazing power of animals to catch and keep kids’ attention with specific links to curriculum goals. Check back with Attentionology for K

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – California (US)

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Hungry? Get ready to enjoy Still Life Masterpieces: A Visual Feast from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (Massachusetts, US). Not just a feast for you; one that you can

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Good News!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid – Week Focus! Mid-Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Let’s blend fun

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Coach, Teach, Reach!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! How many kids in your class love sports? I’m guessing the numbers are “off the chart.” Sports seasons come and go – basketball, tennis, football, soccer, for example –

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! Ever thought about the many ways that teachers can travel? Through the magic of technology, the world really is at our fingertips! TV Channel-surfing last night, I happened on a major US network news feature about children’s fascination with

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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