What’s Trending at Anniversary Time

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! From a teacher’s perspective, “some things never change…” “things” like developing and following a curriculum to help children master grade level skills as they maturate through school. That said,

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Help Kids Become Better Listeners!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In a world that is dominated by Social Media, it is becoming clear that helping kids become better listeners is more challenging, and more important than ever before. Why?

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March Attention-Getter: A Lucky Leprechaun Loves to Write! Bulletin Board

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Good news in the month of March…you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, coming this week! Teachers in many communities outside of Ireland turn the best known

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Share Irish Fun to Catch Kids’ Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Now that the calendar has turned to March, it’s time to grab a shamrock and get ready to share the luck and laughter o’ the Irish to help kids

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Catch Kids’ Attention with Wacky Wednesday Antics!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Dr. Seuss, the world-famous children’s book author has a birthday coming soon in March. Why wait for the calendar to turn from February to the third month of the

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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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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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