Eight Great Tricks to Fire Up Creative Thinking

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers can always use quick and easy ways to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. One proven approach is to tap into students’ creative thinking. Imagine that you

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Bump Up Attention Using Brain Boosters with Seasonal Twists

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Brain Boosters with seasonal twists pack attention-getting punch in school, especially when exciting (and distraction-making) holidays are on the horizon. Bump up attention using Brain Boosters with seasonal twists

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Make Your Classroom Inviting Like a Guest Room

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Like most educators, I’m always on the lookout for ideas that I can use or adapt for school. A set of adaptable home decor tips caught my attention recently…

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Grow Creative Minds with a Garden of Learning

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This time of year poses an ideal time to take learning outdoors. Grow creative minds with a garden of learning by directing your students’ attention to a garden near your

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Up and Away…Bright Ideas for Door Decor and More!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers are always looking for attention-grabbing door decor, especially as they prepare for the start of a new school year. Here’s one to try in 2016-17… Up and Away…A

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Leap into Learning!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Today is Leap Day, February 29, in a Leap Year…2016. Use this day to help students leap into learning… all the way into the month of March. As we all

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Hook Kids Individually with Pics!

Mid-Week Focus this week features pictures, pictures and more pictures…pictures as teaching tools, …different pictures for different students, …inexpensive or free pictures that you find anywhere, …copies of new pictures from your own collection or other print media, like magazines

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Cultivate Creative Thinking with an Idea Garden

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! New week…new ideas…here’s one…Select a spot in your instructional space to designate as an attention-getting Idea Garden. Make a sign for your Idea Garden. Keep reading for Steps to Follow. What

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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 acting sluggish in class.

Solution: Show "The BIG E," for ENERGY, an enlarged letter E (or other first letter for the word energy in your alphabet), available in craft stores. Remind the class that energy is a must-have item to get good work done. Tell the class to show you "The BIG E!"

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