Yearly Archives: 2018

Timeless Tricks for Attention-Getting Storytelling

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Timeless Tricks Please! – In countries dominated by digital communications it can be a challenge to hold children’s attention at storytelling time or any time. Teachers in all nations who

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A Purposeful Wish for the Coming New Year, 2019

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers, featuring a wish that we end 2018 ready to open 2019 with new purpose. As teachers, our purpose is forever to help children learn. Teachers inspire children to learn on a

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Work with Wow Moments in Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Wherever you live in the world, nature…awesome nature, presents seasonal sounds that can help teachers work with wow moments in teaching. This time of year in the northern hemisphere,

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Decorate an Attentionology Tree!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… …Countdown to the holidays by decorating an Attentionology Tree. Make this a

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Teach with a Child-Pleasing International Language – Music!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Holiday seasons especially are filled with music, but throughout the year, songs add joy to learning in every culture and country around the world. Like smiles, music is an international language.

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Fill a Cornucopia with Good Character Traits and Other Creative Challenges

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Cornucopias are attention-getting icons of Thanksgiving in parts of the world that celebrate this special day in November each year. Traditional cornucopias are filled with harvest time treasures like apples,

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Hands-on School Day Starters – Get Kids Ready to Focus!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Quick and attention-getting, like hands clapping, cheering us on to a win… hands-on school day starters can help kids get ready to focus. The win? Success in school! Put

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Bump Up Attention Using Brain Boosters with Seasonal Twists

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Brain Boosters with seasonal twists pack attention-getting punch in school, especially when exciting (and distraction-making) holidays are on the horizon. Bump up attention using Brain Boosters with seasonal twists

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Attention on Helping Children Cope in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When you greet students in school on mornings after terrible news stories reach across the globe and bring sadness to so many hearts… …you have a big opportunity to help children cope

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Make the Most of Word Mash!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Mix ’em up. Mash ’em up. Match ’em up…WORDS! Make the most of Word Mash to catch and keep K – 5 kids’ attention… and to make important messages

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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 continue to use lackluster verbs in their writing.

Solution: Show toy cars and pretend to make them zip across a page, telling the class that good writing includes action words (verbs) that have "zip." Ask the class for examples of "zippy" verbs like zoom, race, flash, rush, etc.

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