Monthly Archives: April 2012

Engage Reluctant Writers – Write Out LOUD!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Ever found yourself encouraging a child to “just picture yourself doing it (whatever it is) and you’ll be able to get it done?” Researchers tell us that when we

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The Art of Marshaling Students’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! The blog I posted last week (04/16/12) featured guest doctors and scientists visiting classrooms in white lab coats to focus students’ attention on S.T.E.M. subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering

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White Coats Create Focus on Science

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Is there a more iconic symbol of the wonderful world of science than a white coat? I can’t think of one, not one that spans the vast realms of

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Animate Cuddly Animals to Catch Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Have you noticed like I have that many libraries, media centers and classrooms serving children in grades Pre-K – 2 have stuffed animals sitting on shelves near books? Problem

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Sprinkle Seasonal Rewards – Anniversary Blog

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for Teachers as we celebrate the second anniversary of my blog! A special thank you is in order, but first let’s look at a clever attention-getting trick successfully put to the test by a

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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