Powerful Words for Powerful Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Every school year has its own ebb and flow, you know? During some school days its seems as if a term will never end. Then, we’re shaking our heads at

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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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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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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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