Yearly Archives: 2016

Help Kids Organize to Focus!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Clean Slate Traditions – For those who begin a new year when the calendar turns to January, as it soon will, it’s a good time to create a clean slate. Clean

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Create Ways to Handle Holiday Overload and De-stress!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers and students can benefit from creative ways to handle holiday overload and de-stress during the holiday season… Begin with this helpful practice… Sometimes Blank Space Is Best –

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Fall Into the Holidays!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! At the end of October in many parts of the world, teachers, students and parents begin to tumble headlong into the holiday season… …like brightly colored leaves falling from autumnal

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Guess What’s Missing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids love guessing games. Play a quick guessing game in your class by popping up a picture of a face with no smile. Before you ask students to guess

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Up and Away…Bright Ideas for Door Decor and More!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers are always looking for attention-grabbing door decor, especially as they prepare for the start of a new school year. Here’s one to try in 2016-17… Up and Away…A

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Post 2016 Olympics – Coach K on Winning Character Traits

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Start School on the Court of Good Character – Teachers and students worldwide are transitioning from the excitement of August’s Olympic Games to the start of a new school

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Start the School Year with a Big Welcome to a World of Learning!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Need an exciting, attention-getting theme to welcome students at the start of a new school year? Center a big colorful graphic of a globe on your classroom door or

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Bulletin Board & Activity Designs that Fit Kids to a Tee!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’re in a “Start Back to School” mode, this post is for you… …colorful and fun new bulletin board designs with graphics that can double as student handouts

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Zoo Zones Online Open the World to Kids!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Sports fans from around the world have their attention focused on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, host of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. I haven’t traveled (yet) to Rio de Janeiro,

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Host an Olympic Birthday Party!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Is there anything more attention-getting than an invitation to a birthday party? Maybe, but…tell your kids that they’re invited to a birthday party for the Olympic Games and…they’ll be

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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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