Monthly Archives: September 2013

Put New Colorful, Fun, Funny Attention Tools to Work Each Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! “What time is it?” You ask your K – 3 class. Answer: “It’s time to pay attention, and I want YOU to see the special Attention Tool for School that

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It’s a Puzzle! – Helping Struggling Writers

Mid-Week Focus this week features a visually based approach to helping elementary school students who struggle with language arts. You know who they are in your class. The teachers I met with yesterday to plan my upcoming week as a writer

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Helpful Questions Unasked

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Oh how some helpful questions that unfortunately were unasked, might have helped Evie! I had an eye-opening conversation with a young woman (we’ll call Evie) this past weekend who expressed

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Cook Up Cupcake, Sandwich and Pizza Poems!

Mid-Week Focus today features “crazy” literary ways to catch and keep kids’ attention and help them build language skills… Ask your class this: “Who wants a cupcake?” When hands fly, announce that the edible ones are coming later, but that

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Serve Up Sweet, Flowery, Fruity Fragrances to Catch Kids’ Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! What’s your favorite fragrance? How about your students? Do they love flowery, fruity, sweet seasonal smells? In many parts of the world, the seasons and fragrances are changing now –

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – UK & US – Part II

Mid-Week Focus is wearing two hats this week…offering Part II of International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – UK & US. Pam Hartley is at center stage. She’s a planner. Pam serves as Vice President of Play Experience at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, North

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Chocolate Lovers Story Project – Recipe to Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you and your students love chocolate? If the answer is yes, this project is a recipe for: catching kids’ attention supporting a S.T.E.M. curriculum As you may well

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – UK & US – Part I

Pam Hartley’s job is child’s play. Seriously. She serves as Vice President of Play Experience at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina (US). Marbles defines its main mission: to inspire imagination, discovery and learning through extraordinary adventures in PLAY.  “For

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Repetition on the Technology Radar

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Using repetition to help children master information and skills is nothing new in the world of education. What is new?  Increasing numbers of teachers create websites and blogs with information

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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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