Monthly Archives: November 2012

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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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Helping Kids Cope

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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EXTRA Attention-Getters

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do your students sometimes race through their work like mine TRY to do? I wrote the word TRY because I make a point to explain to kids in my

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Encouraging Kindness

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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Musical Tricks to Help Kids Learn!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Ever find yourself tapping a nearby object to the beat of music around you the way I found myself tapping the steering wheel yesterday to the beat of a

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – News Prompts

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

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Engage Students with Dialog Beyond Stories!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I read a fascinating article recently about an American educator, Jane Vella, who developed an approach dubbed “dialogue education.” I’m not “talking” about story writing or telling in this

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! I spent some time yesterday with a powerful attention catcher – keeper… A PUPPET. I pulled a puppet, Little Bear, from a (pretend) nap inside a golden gift bag at a Poetry Party I brought to 100 first grade

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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: Students are acting sluggish in class.

Solution: Show "The BIG E," for ENERGY, an enlarged letter E (or other first letter for the word energy in your alphabet), available in craft stores. Remind the class that energy is a must-have item to get good work done. Tell the class to show you "The BIG E!"

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