Monthly Archives: May 2013

Use Word Power to Jump-start the Learning Process

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature… …attention-getting phrases that… surprise and delight kids instantly invite students into conversation with you and their classmates prepare children to “use their thinking caps” lead into and make connections with

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Put the FAB 15 A-GEs to Work for You!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of K – 5 Teachers! Let’s pick up the focus on the FAB 15 A-GEs – Attention-getting elements – that can benefit teachers every single school day. To date, Attentionology has explored ten of

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Hold Kids’ Attention with Vacation Stations

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to shine some light on end-of-school term activities. Weekdays just ahead of the end of a school term can seem like they last forever, especially for K – 5 teachers and students who are

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Let Students Warm Up to Wake Up!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Get Kids Moving to Get Ready to Learn Do you have students that seem like they’re still asleep when they get to school? Here’s an idea to help kids wake

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Mind Wandering Enhances Learning

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to uncover how mind wandering enhances learning at the end of a school term. End-of-year or end-of-term activities can add to attention problems for students, especially kids who act as if they’ve

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Teachers Are People, Too!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A fun way to help students learn that teachers are people too – meaning that teachers have lives outside of school – is to invite your own mother to class if

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Get Kids Laughing to Learn

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to assess how more of the 15 FAB 15 A-GEs – Attention- Getting Elements can support K – 5 curricula and teachers’ classroom management strategies… …Today’s A-GEs: Interaction and Humor. These elements

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Turn Your Classroom into Discovery Place!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Daily routines are mandatory for classroom management in any grade, but by the end of the school year or term, routines can become boring, sapping energy out of teachers

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – North Carolina (US)

Hi. I’d like you to meet J. Albert Ervin. Albert is standing in front of a restoration of the original office of the North Carolina  Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) in Raleigh, the state capital. The Attentionology Connection The original office

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Make a Bi-lingual Piñata to Celebrate/Celebre Cinco de Mayo!

Hats off to teachers, especially those working in Spanish language education… …it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature eye-catching, ear-catching ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, coming soon! Have you noticed as I have that Cinco de Mayo has become

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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