Take a New Look to Re-Energize. Help Kids in the Process!

What catches your eye first when you enter your own instructional space? Mid-Week Focus today is all about taking a new look to re-energize your classroom and you, if you think that might be a good thing to do. Stop at

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Magnifying Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I just read some disturbing news about an elementary school in Dallas, Texas that achieved “exemplary” status with math and reading scores by teaching only math and reading to

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The Magic Pencil Holds Students Spellbound

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! “What did you do over the weekend?” I overheard a fourth grade teacher ask a colleague in the teachers’ “lounge” at lunchtime. “SLEPT!” she replied, with a voice that capitalized

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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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