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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Help Kids Organize to Focus!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Clean Slate Traditions – For those who begin a new year when the calendar turns to January, as it soon will, it’s a good time to create a clean slate. Clean

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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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Ornaments Kids Can Make with Memorable Messages for an Attentionology Tree

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The Attentionology Tree is back by popular demand…with some updates! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… Countdown to the

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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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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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Let’s Encourage Kindness!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s no better time than now to focus attention on the importance of kindness in our world today. Teachers have the opportunity to involve students in character building activities that demonstrate

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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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