Start the 2018-19 School Year with Learning Bank Bulletin Boards!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Get ready to head into a new school term with new eye-catching bulletin board designs, ones that entertain and educate. As the 2018-19 school year takes shape, the “bank

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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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Buddies? YES! Bullies? NO!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This week let’s shine a light on a problem that doesn’t seem to go away…bullying in school. Despite a wide range of efforts by administrators and teachers, parents in

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Coach K Weighs in on Winning Character Traits and Teaching

In the US, the National Basketball Association’s Championship Series runs hot each year. By now, the season’s college basketball is in the history books, but some memories linger… Mention the nickname Coach K, to anyone who is familiar at all with the

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Shower Students with Story Starters and More…

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In some parts of the world, March winds and April showers bring lovely May flowers. April showers…who says they have to be outside a classroom window? Creative teachers “make

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AND…The Envelope, Please. Host Your Own Attentie Awards!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Coming next Sunday in the US…the Academy Awards, affectionately known as “The Oscars,” a glamorous event to honor the best films of 2017. In addition to American movies, films with ties

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Digging Out What’s Old to Find Something New and Timely for Teachers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Have you ever gone digging? Have your students done the same? Not digging outdoors in the dirt…although that’s fun to do; digging can be instructive for science and other

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Attention on Safety!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! At the start of a new school year or term, it’s smart to encourage children to pay attention to safety… …on the way to and from school …in school

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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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Attract Kids’ Attention with Amazing Acronyms

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When is a word more than a word? Answer: When it becomes a powerful teaching tool as an ACRONYM. Teachers put word power to work every day, instructing, reading

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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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