Attention Hearts are Forever…Get Ready for Valentine’s Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! For those who celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14, this post offers some get-ready ideas for a functional and festive celebration! If you have students who are easily distracted in

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Encourage Kids to Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you would raise your hand to be among the numbers of people worldwide who are stunned by the need for a return to civility…consider this sobering fact… Despite

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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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Decorate Trees in Any Season to Catch Kids’ Attention and Help Them Learn!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Arbor Day, 2018, at least in the US, was celebrated at the end of last month, on Friday, April 27. For teachers who want to help students become good stewards

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A Winning Theme: Grow a Love of Learning in a Garden of Learning!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Winning themes in K – 5 classrooms help teachers grow a love of learning in children… a love that will hopefully bloom year after year. One of the best

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Focus Attention on Uncool Negative Consequences

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In the world of sports and other arenas, news may sometimes convey a message that’s difficult for teachers and parents to counter… the message? It’s cool to break rules

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Make a Fun, Functional All-Day Mathmobile To Scoot Around Your Classroom

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In many elementary classrooms, math is a subject that teachers are being asked to stress because success in our global economy demands mastery of math skills. At the same time, many

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Teach with Funny Forecasts and Predictions

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Introducing children to the concepts of forecasting and predicting are part of the Common Core Curriculum in the US and other elementary school curricula worldwide. It can be serious

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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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