International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Ohio (US)

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! As March draws near, schools in many parts of the world are preparing for testing time. The word itself – test – is enough to send some kids into

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International Festival of Attention – Grabbers – Florida (US)

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! For the thirteen and a half years that ended on August 13, 2012, anyone who met K-9 Officer, Diane Whetsel, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (US), was likely to

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Games Research

Hats off to teachers and to research for my blog – time-consuming but well worth it! I’m researching GAMES TEACHERS USE TO CATCH AND KEEP KIDS’ ATTENTION. My research will form a base for an upcoming Mid-Week Focus post. If you

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Focus on Character Education

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I recently came across an old copy of The Grade Teacher, a publication of the Educational Publishing Corporation, Darien, Connecticut, US, at an antique show I attended. The dog-eared

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Attention Crisis for Young and Old

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a frightening thought…if children in grades K – 5 today have trouble paying attention in elementary school now, imagine the challenges they will face as they age into

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Creative Repetition Gets Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press) asserts that thousands of teachers use technologies, including Blogs, to create forums for interactive learning.

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A Clueless Public

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! On the first of April I did a little research into the origin of April Fool’s Day. References to a mid-sixteenth century Flemish poem about fools’ errands and wild goose

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Welcome to Attention-ology for K-5 Teachers

Hi and welcome to my new blog featuring tools and tricks to catch and keep K – 5 students’ attention. On a weekly basis, Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers will offer new approaches to classroom management in a world driven

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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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