Puzzling Activities Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Whoops! – Accidents (or pretend accidents) are instant attention-grabbers with kids. Start a school day by walking to the front of the classroom with a set of puzzle pieces

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Boost Good Conduct and Good Character!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Does your school have posters on classroom or hallway walls that speak to the importance of good conduct and good character? If your students seem to have blind eyes and

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Check Out a New AP for Teaching – One P on Purpose!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a Short Shot – a one and done idea for helping kids learn to stay focused at the start of a new school year. New AP for Teaching

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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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Bank Here for Learning and Fun! – Bulletin Board Earns Attention

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. Bank Here for Learning…and Fun! – Post a bulletin board

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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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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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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: Young students are getting noisy while you’re trying to teach.

Solution: Hold up "Listen Star," a toy magic wand that you’ve designated to be a cue for quiet. Tell the class, "When you see our friend, 'Listen Star' dance across the classroom sky, that’s your signal to HUSH for a moment."

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