Yearly Archives: 2015

Looking Back to Look Ahead

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I just read a heart-wrenching article by a grandmother of one of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT (US) that occurred three

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Make a Fun, Functional All-Day Mathmobile To Scoot Around Your Classroom

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In many elementary classrooms, math is a subject that teachers are being asked to stress because success in our global economy demands mastery of math skills. At the same time, many

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Create or Borrow a Cheer for a New School Year!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! New school terms often coincide with new seasons in sports. Most kids enjoy sports. Use students’ interest in “getting in the game” to help catch and keep their attention

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Take Kids on Make Believe Vacations!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Summer, fall, winter, spring…some children don’t get opportunities to take family vacations during the year. What to do to help these kids feel the excitement of a getaway and get

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Make a Connection – Growing Minds – Expandable Attire

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Catch kids’ attention this year with a new take on the importance of growing their minds… Make a connection between growing minds and expandable attire. Host a Shoe Show

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Opposites Attract – Hot Stuff, Cool Stuff – Day Starters

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! No time to spare at the start of a summer camp session (Northern Hemisphere) or winter school day (Southern Hemisphere)? Offer up a quick game of Opposites Attract to

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Give Kids the Sounds of Success

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I’ve read over the last few weeks about several college graduation addresses by accomplished speakers in diverse locations. In ceremony after ceremony, a theme prevailed about what it takes to

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Celebrating Our First Teachers and Costuming to Catch Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Mother’s Day is around the corner in the US today, now that the calendar has turned to May. This annual special Sunday for moms is celebrated on different days in different

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Power Up a School Day in Windy Ways

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a new windy way to power up a school day… Windchime Music Powers Up a School Day – Surprise students and command instant attention by powering a windchime

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Anniversary Post – Help Kids Become Learning Engineers!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This month marks the fifth anniversary of Attentionology. Five years and counting… I am still inspired by you, my readers, by students, colleagues, world news and trends; it’s a

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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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