Shower Students with Story Starters and More…

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In some parts of the world, March winds and April showers bring lovely May flowers. April showers…who says they have to be outside a classroom window? Creative teachers “make

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Eight Great Tricks to Fire Up Creative Thinking

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers can always use quick and easy ways to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. One proven approach is to tap into students’ creative thinking. Imagine that you

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Craft the Learning Process with Colorful Arts to Help Students Succeed

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick Q for you… When you see or hear the word ART, what comes to mind? Some may say paintings; others music, dance or drama. Word-lovers may

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World Teachers’ Day 2012

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Did you celebrate World Teachers’ Day on Friday, October 5? If you missed this year’s celebration to honor the teaching profession worldwide, know this…many people believe that World Teachers’

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Korea

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Does your community – region, town, city, school – host an annual International Festival? International festivals are celebrations of different cultures and countries, and you don’t need a passport

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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 having trouble writing connecting sentences between the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Solution: Show toy airplanes, pretending to make them "take off" across notebook paper. Explain to the class that stories, like airplanes, require clear "flight paths."

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