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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Concoct a Witch’s Brew – School Day Stew to Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick Halloween-time trick for catching kids’ attention at the start of an October day… Concoct a Witch’s Brew – School Day Stew. Steps to Follow: Complete some

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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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Crazy Color-Coded Games Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When students seem sleepy or more distracted than usual, catch their attention with crazy color-coded games. Hot Wheels Color Game – Background: Art teachers and other educators often help children

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Three Cheers for Healthy Living!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most communities around the world draw cheering crowds to local sporting events. Elementary school students may or may not play in youth leagues, but most kids enjoy cheering for a

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Make Your Classroom Inviting Like a Guest Room

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Like most educators, I’m always on the lookout for ideas that I can use or adapt for school. A set of adaptable home decor tips caught my attention recently…

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Contract to Worry Less this School Term!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Start with a Question – Worry got ya down? This Q relates to many children. Ask your class at the start of a school day if worry has a hold

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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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