Decorate an Attentionology Tree!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… …Countdown to the holidays by decorating an Attentionology Tree. Make this a

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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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Fill a Cornucopia with Good Character Traits and Other Creative Challenges

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Cornucopias are attention-getting icons of Thanksgiving in parts of the world that celebrate this special day in November each year. Traditional cornucopias are filled with harvest time treasures like apples,

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Hands-on School Day Starters – Get Kids Ready to Focus!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Quick and attention-getting, like hands clapping, cheering us on to a win… hands-on school day starters can help kids get ready to focus. The win? Success in school! Put

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Bump Up Attention Using Brain Boosters with Seasonal Twists

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Brain Boosters with seasonal twists pack attention-getting punch in school, especially when exciting (and distraction-making) holidays are on the horizon. Bump up attention using Brain Boosters with seasonal twists

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Attention on Helping Children Cope in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When you greet students in school on mornings after terrible news stories reach across the globe and bring sadness to so many hearts… …you have a big opportunity to help children cope

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Make the Most of Word Mash!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Mix ’em up. Mash ’em up. Match ’em up…WORDS! Make the most of Word Mash to catch and keep K – 5 kids’ attention… and to make important messages

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Teach with Poems Set to Music = Songs!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Pull Kids in with Poetry is the title of a popular post that I’ve published. Now, here in the fall heading into the holidays, poems come to mind again

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Become a Dream Catcher!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Native American dreamcatchers are delightful circular weavings with feathers and beads dangling down. Many dreamcatchers are woven with a single bead at the center of the web. Others simply

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Catchy Halloween-Time Measurements of Success

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Halloween is still more than four weeks away, but kids who celebrate the spooky season already have visions of Halloween candy in their heads. Tempt their taste for treats by

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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 are acting sluggish in class.

Solution: Show "The BIG E," for ENERGY, an enlarged letter E (or other first letter for the word energy in your alphabet), available in craft stores. Remind the class that energy is a must-have item to get good work done. Tell the class to show you "The BIG E!"

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