Pop Goes the Book!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s an old song in the English language that ends with the lyrics…“Pop goes the weasel!” The origin of this little nursery rhyme has a connection to “jack-in-the-box toys”

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Reading As Listening – Encourage Kids to Use Ears with Eyes Reading

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Something about the death last week of Maya Angelou (details about Maya below) got me thinking about a new way to help children embrace reading… How? Present reading as

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Add Drama to Engage Your Students

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If “all the world’s a stage,” as William Shakespeare asserted, then we teachers can cast ourselves in lead roles within our classroom walls (and in other parts of school,

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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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