Yearly Archives: 2014

International Attention-Grabber with a Special Purpose

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers, featuring a new international attention-grabber… Meet Rebecca Rothney, Founder and Chairperson of Pack for a Purpose. Pack for a Purpose (PfaP) is a web-based non-profit that links travelers with children

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Help Steer Kids Towards Adopting Healthy Habits

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of 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

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Worry Got Ya Down? Meet Dennis B and Other Helpful Attention-Getting Tools

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Worry got ya down? There’s a question on a lot of minds, one that relates to children as well as adults. Ask your class one morning when the day is just

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Pay Attention to…YOURSELF…with Sensory Bridges

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teaching is a labor of love. You can see the passion in the faces of teachers around the world. But, teaching can be exhausting! As a new school year gets

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Journeying to Discover New and Wonderful Teaching Resources

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you agree with me that like life itself, teaching is a journey, not a destination? One of the joys of an educator’s journey is the discovery along the

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Craft the Learning Process with Colorful Arts to Help Students Succeed

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick Q for you… When you see or hear the word ART, what comes to mind? Some may say paintings; others music, dance or drama. Word-lovers may

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Blast Off with Space Adventures in Writing!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Astronaut Ice Cream Anyone? – Any time of year, but especially when the temperature outside soars, ice cream is a “cold stone-proven” way to catch kids’ attention. Earthlings have only

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Light Up A Love of Learning with Awesome Animals!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Two recent news stories inspired me to revisit the amazing ability of animals to catch kids’ attention and motivate them to learn… …learn about themselves and the world around

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Catch Attention with Special Summertime Stations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! How can you make learning fun for summertime instruction? Set up Special Summertime Vacation Stations! The name – Vacation Stations – may sound like all play and no work. Not

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Reading As Listening – Encourage Kids to Use Ears with Eyes Reading

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Something about the death last week of Maya Angelou (details about Maya below) got me thinking about a new way to help children embrace reading… How? Present reading as

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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