Start School Days with Quick Brain Boosting Games!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids (and teachers) sometimes arrive in class with “foggy brains.” Not enough sleep the night before perhaps, or a low or no protein breakfast are the culprits, or…you name

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Bags Beg for Attention and Re-Use!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Bags are more than totes in the hands of a gifted teacher. Bags are BIG attention-getting tools. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags prompt curiosity in children. “What’s in the

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Help Kids Become Better Listeners!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In a world that is dominated by Social Media, it is becoming clear that helping kids become better listeners is more challenging, and more important than ever before. Why?

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Make Magic in Class with Secret Homes for Special Poems

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In some parts of the world today, people are wishing for a magic wand to make miserable weather disappear. “Poof! Be gone, wicked weather,” we’d say if we had magical

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For the Love of Simple…Simple Tricks Start a Super School Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Simple can be beautiful, don’t you think. Q for all of us…Is simple out-of-place in our hyper-connected, information-overloaded world today? Not in a teacher’s world, no, I don’t think

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Encourage Kids to Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you would raise your hand to be among the numbers of people worldwide who are stunned by the need for a return to civility…consider this sobering fact… Despite

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Spark Interest in Writing with EmojiWrite and SnapWrite

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If some kids in your class yawn when you announce that it’s time for creative writing… spark their interest in writing with my new games…EmojiWrite and SnapWrite! That’s right.

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Timeless Tricks for Attention-Getting Storytelling

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Timeless Tricks Please! – In countries dominated by digital communications it can be a challenge to hold children’s attention at storytelling time or any time. Teachers in all nations who

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Work with Wow Moments in Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Wherever you live in the world, nature…awesome nature, presents seasonal sounds that can help teachers work with wow moments in teaching. This time of year in the northern hemisphere,

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Decorate an Attentionology Tree!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… …Countdown to the holidays by decorating an Attentionology Tree. Make this a

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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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