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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Set Up Attention-Getting Boxes – A Bright Idea!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! An attention-getting idea popped into my mind the other day when I stopped for coffee at a neighborhood restaurant. In one corner stood an attractive bookshelf loaded with paperbacks

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Magical Teaching Tools Work Like a Charm

Grab a big black hat and get ready to charm students and catch their attention… Mid-Week Focus this week features quick and easy teaching tools and tricks that include an element of magic! (No special training needed.) In the United

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The Attentionology Traveler Finds a Special Smile

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler’s been on the road again… …found a special smile at work. It’s a smile that stretches across the loving face of Velma Davis, a Teacher Assistant in Special Programs, shown in my blog pic below. Velma

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A Show of Hands

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In my corner of the world Daylight Savings Time has just begun, marking the near start of spring. I love the resulting longer hours of sun in the afternoon

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EXTRA Attention-Getters

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do your students sometimes race through their work like mine TRY to do? I wrote the word TRY because I make a point to explain to kids in my

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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 having trouble writing connecting sentences between the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Solution: Show toy airplanes, pretending to make them "take off" across notebook paper. Explain to the class that stories, like airplanes, require clear "flight paths."

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