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Hi! Found a new attention catcher – keeper. See if this works for you…

…I think it’s funny; I heard a variation of this idea on the radio.


Having to host a Parent – Teacher Night soon in your classroom?

No time to clean up the way you’d like?

Set out a small but noticeable collection of get well cards on your desk, like you see (barely) in my blog pic here.

Get Well cards ready to stand up

Stand the cards upright. When the cards catch a visitor’s attention, offer this, “Yes, I’ve been a little under the weather lately; didn’t have time to clean my classroom the way I usually do!” When they ask if you’re better now reply, “Oh yes, thank you, and thanks for coming tonight!”

Are you thinking like I am? This trick would only work for ONE Parent – Teacher Night per school year.

Traveling on…

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

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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.
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