Concoct a Witch’s Brew – School Day Stew to Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick Halloween-time trick for catching kids’ attention at the start of an October day… Concoct a Witch’s Brew – School Day Stew. Steps to Follow: Complete some

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Become a Dream Catcher!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Native American dreamcatchers are delightful circular weavings with feathers and beads dangling down. Many dreamcatchers are woven with a single bead at the center of the web. Others simply

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Catchy Halloween-Time Measurements of Success

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Halloween is still more than four weeks away, but kids who celebrate the spooky season already have visions of Halloween candy in their heads. Tempt their taste for treats by

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Crazy Color-Coded Games Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When students seem sleepy or more distracted than usual, catch their attention with crazy color-coded games. Hot Wheels Color Game – Background: Art teachers and other educators often help children

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Three Cheers for Healthy Living!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most communities around the world draw cheering crowds to local sporting events. Elementary school students may or may not play in youth leagues, but most kids enjoy cheering for a

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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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Greet Students with Eye Catching Bulletin Boards and Door Decor

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Colorful eye-catching bulletin boards that greet students outside and inside a classroom are a tradition in elementary schools around the world. ROAD MAP TO RESPONSIBILITY Bulletin Boards and colorful Door

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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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Host a Focus Forum to Grow Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Not a day goes by without some news somewhere in the world that relates to the negative impact of distractions. Conversations come and go about the best way to

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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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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 continue to use lackluster verbs in their writing.

Solution: Show toy cars and pretend to make them zip across a page, telling the class that good writing includes action words (verbs) that have "zip." Ask the class for examples of "zippy" verbs like zoom, race, flash, rush, etc.

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