Let’s Encourage Kindness!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s no better time than now to focus attention on the importance of kindness in our world today. Teachers have the opportunity to involve students in character building activities that demonstrate

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Attract Kids’ Attention with Amazing Acronyms

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When is a word more than a word? Answer: When it becomes a powerful teaching tool as an ACRONYM. Teachers put word power to work every day, instructing, reading

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Big Shot Opportunity Bags for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Let’s face it…some kids view school as a must-do chore and some see it as a place of opportunity, an engaging center of learning and fun. Whether or not a

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Celebrate Universal Children’s Day with a Timely Theme in 2017!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! For those who celebrate Halloween tomorrow, it’s not to late to help raise funds for children worldwide. Why? Universal Children’s Day is coming in a few weeks…it’s celebrated each

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Focus Attention on Uncool Negative Consequences

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In the world of sports and other arenas, news may sometimes convey a message that’s difficult for teachers and parents to counter… the message? It’s cool to break rules

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Which Witch is Which and Other Bewitching Halloween-Time Teaching Tricks

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Play bewitching Halloween-time teaching tricks with your class to help students master basic skills. Which Witch is Which? – Children in the early grades love games that compare and match

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Help Kids Become “Minute Masters”

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Try this Short Shot – a one and done idea to improve your students ability to stay focused for longer than the time it takes to say “Short Shot!”

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Reaching and Teaching Kids with Autism

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – Teachers! If you have ever worked with children on the autism spectrum, you know that it can be difficult to reach and teach these special students. According to Barry M. Prizant,

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Attention-Catching Activities to Team Build in a New School Term

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A great way to gear up at the start of a new school year or term is to plan catchy and fun activities to help students get acquainted with

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Puzzling Activities Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Whoops! – Accidents (or pretend accidents) are instant attention-grabbers with kids. Start a school day by walking to the front of the classroom with a set of puzzle pieces

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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."

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