Move Over Basketball…Let’s Dribble IDEAS to Score Big in School!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! It may be basketball season in some parts of the world, but teachers have the option in class to suggest this… “Move over basketball…let’s dribble IDEAS to score big in

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Help Kids Make Steps to Take Steps

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of K – 5 Teachers! A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a website full of photographs of “the most beautiful steps around the world.” The photos feature fine work by

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Help Kids Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an attention-grabbing way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year… Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems! Valentine Cupcakes Bakin’ Up – Ask your class this: “Who wants a cupcake?” When

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Help Kids Have a Heart for Paying Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you have students who are easily distracted? In a world of sensory bombardment, wise teachers find ways to incorporate actual instruction about the importance of being able to

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Invite Kids to Create Cups of Promise, Care & Kindness

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Celebrate a New Year – During the past holiday season, an international coffee cafe gave me an idea that offers an opportunity to celebrate a new year with students in a

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Tribute Time in a World of Learning

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Tribute Time! – Today (in the US) is a celebration of the eighty-eighth birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose message reached across America and far beyond

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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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New Year Idea: Let Struggling Students Star on a Classroom Center Stage

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’re looking for a new way to catch and keep kids’ attention AND help struggling students shine like stars in the new year, set up Center Stage in

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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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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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