Yearly Archives: 2019

Help Kids Skill Build in a Global Community

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Meet Amanda Teachers who are on summer break or counting the days ‘til the next getaway may benefit from meeting Amanda Beasley here. Travel – The Best Teacher Amanda

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Dig Deep Within Yourself During a School Break

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! School breaks are a good time for mind breaks as well. In a hectic world, it can be a challenge to put everything on pause, break from the mindset

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Eight Great Tricks to Fire Up Creative Thinking

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers can always use quick and easy ways to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. One proven approach is to tap into students’ creative thinking. Imagine that you

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Add Frosty Touches to Help Young Kids Learn in Summertime

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In the hot months of summer (Northern Hemisphere), most kids crave icy treats… …ice cream, snow cones, anything frosty to cool off outdoors and in. Add frosty touches to

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Use the Magic of Mini Mind Wandering Time

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! As the end of the school year or term draws nears, you may have students who act as if they’ve mentally left for vacation already! Here’s an attentionology trick

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Spice Up Word Play to Attract Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Word Play is a great way to catch and keep kids’ attention. Where? Anywhere…school, camp, vacation destinations, during holiday travel time…anywhere! Voiced Word Play  works best for young children. Rhythmic

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Share a New Link with Students: Attention = Control

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Try this new link in your thinking and share it with students… Concept behind the link: the ability to pay attention is a must-have skill to gain control in

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Helping Kids in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Helping Kids in Troubled Times – More worrisome world news can make even the brightest of us feel troubled. When you sense that a number of students feel anxious

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Powerful Words for Powerful Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Every school year has its own ebb and flow, you know? During some school days its seems as if a term will never end. Then, we’re shaking our heads at

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Look at This!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an engaging command to catch K – 3 kids’ attention… “Look at this!” All eyes will follow your lead, not just because of your command, but because of the

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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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