Spice Up Word Play to Attract Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Word Play is a great way to catch and keep kids’ attention. Where? Anywhere…school, camp, vacation destinations, during holiday travel time…anywhere! Voiced Word Play  works best for young children. Rhythmic

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Powerful Words for Powerful Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Every school year has its own ebb and flow, you know? During some school days its seems as if a term will never end. Then, we’re shaking our heads at

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Use the Magic of Mini Mind Wandering Time

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! As the end of the school year or term draws nears, you may have students who act as if they’ve mentally left for vacation already! Here’s an attentionology trick

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Helping Kids in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Helping Kids in Troubled Times – More worrisome world news can make even the brightest of us feel troubled. When you sense that a number of students feel anxious

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Attention-Getting Teaching Tools are in the Bag!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Attention-getting teaching tools are in the bag… literally. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags of all kinds beg for attention. Bags, plain and fancy, can become focal points for learning

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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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Help Kids Make Steps to Take Steps

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of K – 5 Teachers! A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a website full of photographs of “the most beautiful steps around the world.” The photos feature fine work by

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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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Create Ways to Handle Holiday Overload and De-stress!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers and students can benefit from creative ways to handle holiday overload and de-stress during the holiday season… Begin with this helpful practice… Sometimes Blank Space Is Best –

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Teach with a Child-Pleasing International Language – Music!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Holiday seasons especially are filled with music, but throughout the year, songs add joy to learning in every culture and country around the world. Like smiles, music is an international language.

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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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