The Attentionology Traveler Finds a New Idea for an Old Writing Art

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler spent some time recently with a teacher who has a novel idea for teaching an old writing art… …cursive handwriting. See if this relates to any current curriculum evaluation underway in your school… …Some states in

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Swap-ortunities for Learning

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler has discovered another concept that teachers can apply in classrooms around the world… …Set up SWAP-ORTUNITIES for students! What’s a SWAP-ORTUNITY? It’s an OPPORTUNITY to make exchanges, patterned after retail campaigns that encourage shoppers to bring in

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The Attentionology Traveler on Site Tour

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler’s on the road again… …skipping along to the music of clicking and tapping – – the click, click of a mouse moving through cyberspace – the tap, tap, tap of keystrokes touring across a magical online world.

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The Attentionology Traveler Finds a Special Smile

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler’s been on the road again… …found a special smile at work. It’s a smile that stretches across the loving face of Velma Davis, a Teacher Assistant in Special Programs, shown in my blog pic below. Velma

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The Attentionology Traveler – Finding Enterprising Kids

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler’s been on the road again… …found an elementary school that hosts an annual Enterprise Day to help fourth grade students put into practice what they’ve learned in a study unit on basic economics. In an increasingly complex

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The Attentionology Traveler – Most Beautiful Place

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The Attentionology Traveler is packed and ready to go with new trips and teaching tricks to share with you in 2013. One of my most favorite, classroom-tested, attention-getting activities

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Spotlight on Learning with The Attentionology Traveler

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here we go; another school/work week’s begun. Is January flying by for you like it is for me? Just since last Monday, The Attentionology Traveler has been trekking again,

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Tidbits from The Attentionology Traveler

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! What in the world! I’m mixing up the publication of Attentionology features, posting The Attentionology Traveler on a Monday – what’s up? What’s up is that new mixes and

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! Ever thought about the many ways that teachers can travel? Through the magic of technology, the world really is at our fingertips! TV Channel-surfing last night, I happened on a major US network news feature about children’s fascination with

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! I spent some time yesterday with a powerful attention catcher – keeper… A PUPPET. I pulled a puppet, Little Bear, from a (pretend) nap inside a golden gift bag at a Poetry Party I brought to 100 first grade

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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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