Make Teaching Magic with Magnifyers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Are you familiar with the English expression, “Sometimes big things come in little packages?” I’m thinking that may be true for gifts of jewelry, but for teachers giving the

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Motivating Kids

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus! Mid-Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Let’s blend fun with function,

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Bring Your Mom to School!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Yesterday, for me, was the first Mother’s Day without my mom, shown in my blog pic here. She died last July, 2011, and I miss her. Thank heavens for

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Animate Cuddly Animals to Catch Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Have you noticed like I have that many libraries, media centers and classrooms serving children in grades Pre-K – 2 have stuffed animals sitting on shelves near books? Problem

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Sprinkle Seasonal Rewards – Anniversary Blog

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for Teachers as we celebrate the second anniversary of my blog! A special thank you is in order, but first let’s look at a clever attention-getting trick successfully put to the test by a

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Add Drama to Engage Your Students

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If “all the world’s a stage,” as William Shakespeare asserted, then we teachers can cast ourselves in lead roles within our classroom walls (and in other parts of school,

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All Aboard for a New School Year!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Elementary school teachers in many parts of the world are busy preparing their classrooms for the opening of the 2011 – 2012 school year. Despite budget restrictions, educators are

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Teach with Puppets – Crafty Crowd-Pleasers!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Look at the little bear learning to read and speak Spanish in my blog pic here and see if you agree with me that a puppet can be a

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Let “Listen Star” Work Magic for You

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Take a deep dramatic breath; hold it; release the air slowly and as you do, push your hands out in front of you and then stretch your arms to

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Catch Attention with a Garden of Creativity

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick way to catch and keep your students’ attention…ask them a question that poses an artistic array of answers about posies! The question…When is a garden outside

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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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