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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Buddies? YES! Bullies? NO!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This week let’s shine a light on a problem that doesn’t seem to go away…bullying in school. Despite a wide range of efforts by administrators and teachers, parents in

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Cool Campground Trio: Storytelling Planes, Cars, Baseball Games

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Climb Aboard a Storytelling Plane – I found an old story about a dad’s experience camping in summertime years ago with his family. His father loved to tell stories around a campfire,

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School Breaks – a Time to Rejuvenate – Here’s How

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most teachers love their work; we have a passion for helping children learn, but the job is exhausting. Kids think that vacation time is for them…ha! Teachers know better!

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Help Kids Become Attentioneers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Whether you are on summer break, working a summer job, or at the beginning of a new semester in school, imagine yourself as an engineer in your teaching position…

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Center Kids’ Attention with Vacation Stations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Weekdays just ahead of the end of a school term can seem like they last forever, especially for K – 5 teachers and students who are counting the hours until vacation.

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What’s the BIG Buzz About?

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Sometimes big is better… so suggests Matthew Willey, an American artist who paints honeybees bigger than bricks on a school wall. What’s the BIG Buzz About? – Willey explains

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Time to Get Organized!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Time to Get Organized! – Whether you are preparing to pack up at the end of a school term, or already looking ahead to setting up for a new school year,

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Share a New Link with Students: Attention = Control

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Try this new link in your thinking and share it with students… Concept behind the link: the ability to pay attention is a must-have skill to gain control in

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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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