Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lights, Camera, Action!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to turn the lens on videos as tools for teachers. Have you noticed that the use of videos is on the rise for teaching, training, evaluation, information exchange and entertainment? Why this

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Cultivate Creative Thinking with an Idea Garden

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! New week…new ideas…here’s one…Select a spot in your instructional space to designate as an attention-getting Idea Garden. Make a sign for your Idea Garden. Keep reading for Steps to Follow. What

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Vietnam – Part II

Karen Walsh has traveled many miles, literally and figuratively, from her hometown of Stonybrook (Long Island), New York, to her current job in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Vietnam’s second largest city, Karen will soon begin her fourth year teaching fifth grade

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Drop Distractions in the Distraction Bag!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature a new attentionology tool… …a DISTRACTION BAG. If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have noticed, as I have, that the word distracted keeps popping up. To paraphrase

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Triple Scoop of Tips for Teaching Writing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s the latest dish on how to help students master core writing skills. It’s a triple scoop full of attention-getting tips, with cookies on the side. Yummy!… …In hot

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Vietnam

Imagine an elementary school room where every kid holds a wireless tablet in hand, able to instantly access the Internet…where a reading circle forms a ring of children from nearly twenty nations…where students are challenged to become “agents for change.”

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Attention-Getters to Get Kids Minding Healthy Messages

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Dr. Seuss, beloved author in many parts of the world, wrote a telling poem in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” The poem empowers children with these lines: “Congratulations! Today is

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Sporty Activities Score Kids’ Attention

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to highlight #15 of The FAB 15 A-GEs – Attention-getting elements…Games & Sports! Attentionology recently featured games. Today’s focus is on sports. Just about every kid jumps at the chance to watch

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Paper Plates as Teaching Tools? Great!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’ve been serving up holiday picnic fare on decorative paper plates, chances are you have leftovers…not just the kind that need refrigeration…leftover paper goods. Transform picnic supplies into attractive attention-getting

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What a Zoo!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature another kid-pleaser…the zoo! Don’t have a zoo nearby? No worries. Jump online and you can visit world-famous zoos from Argentina to Zambia. Families that enjoy sports as well as special animals

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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."

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