Teachers on Call to Serve as Role Models in Character Education

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I don’t usually write about politics, but I’m making an exception this week… because the face of politics (in America) today seems to be missing the tenets of character education,

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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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Digging Out What’s Old to Find Something New and Timely for Teachers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Have you ever gone digging? Have your students done the same? Not digging outdoors in the dirt…although that’s fun to do; digging can be instructive for science and other

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Attention on Safety!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! At the start of a new school year or term, it’s smart to encourage children to pay attention to safety… …on the way to and from school …in school

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Make Sunshine Indoors!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When the weather outside is abominable… …Make Sunshine Indoors! Kids love the concept. They know that teachers can’t actually bring sunshine indoors. No problem. Your actions and intent show

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Ornaments Kids Can Make with Memorable Messages for an Attentionology Tree

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The Attentionology Tree is back by popular demand…with some updates! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… Countdown to the

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Take a TEACHER’S Time-Out to Refresh!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Are your days getting more hectic by the minute? Take a TEACHER’S Time-Out to Refresh! In the English language anyway, “refresh” is a word that sounds like what it

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Let Kids Enjoy SILLY MINUTES to De-stress

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Holiday season activities, immediately past and coming soon, can add to attention problems for students, especially kids who are under stress. Catch your class’ attention and help relieve stress

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Let’s Encourage Kindness!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s no better time than now to focus attention on the importance of kindness in our world today. Teachers have the opportunity to involve students in character building activities that demonstrate

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Attract Kids’ Attention with Amazing Acronyms

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When is a word more than a word? Answer: When it becomes a powerful teaching tool as an ACRONYM. Teachers put word power to work every day, instructing, reading

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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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