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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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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Teach with a Child-Pleasing International Language – Music!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Holiday seasons especially are filled with music, but throughout the year, songs add joy to learning in every culture and country around the world. Like smiles, music is an international language.

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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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