Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Pair of Attention-Getting School Day Starters

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature a pair of attention-getting school day starters… …tools and strategies to motivate students to get ready to work… one for children in grades K – 2 one for students in

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There’s a New AP for that – A-TTENTION P-LEASE!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature more attention-getting activities to: 1) set a positive tone for a new school term. 2) help your students (and you) get to know each other as members of a class

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Surprise Visuals & Manipulatives Catch Kids’ Attention

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature quick and easy attention-catching visuals… …colorful posters and cut-outs to tack up on a door or wall. …manipulatives to set out before the school day starts. NEWS POSTERS – If you

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Close Your Eyes; Open Your Ears; Speak in Turn

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers can work attention-getting, student skill-building magic by putting their voices to work in creative ways. Think about the range of emotions that a voice can express! Voice is heard,

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Dolphin Tricks & More to Attract Distracted Kids

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to showcase more tools and tricks to catch and keep kids’ attention… …and bulletin board designs to attract distracted kids and help them learn. Why do teachers have to work harder than ever to

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A New Garden of Creativity

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick way to catch and keep your students’ attention…ask them a question that poses an artistic array of answers about posies! (NOTE: If you’re on school break, “plant”

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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 having trouble writing connecting sentences between the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Solution: Show toy airplanes, pretending to make them "take off" across notebook paper. Explain to the class that stories, like airplanes, require clear "flight paths."

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