Game On! – Play Opposites

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K -5 Teachers! Games are a time-honored way to catch and keep the attention of  children around the world. Game on for some challenging fun! Choose a new and creative game of Opposites. Try… ‘Tis the Season

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Set Up SkillPop Stations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Center kids’ attention with SkillPop Stations. The name – SkillPop Stations – may sound familiar. SkillPop classes are trending in many cities, covering subjects from apple pie prep to zookeeping. The very

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Here’s the Scoop – Ideal Rainy Day Activity!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Get kids involved in a yummy Short Shot. Here’s the scoop… This one and done idea focuses on ice cream and is an ideal rainy day activity. Most children

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Show Me – Tell Me More!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Check out this Short Shot… a one and done idea to improve your students or campers ability to stay focused and on task… understanding that whether an activity is

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Dig Deep Within Yourself During a School Break

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! School breaks are a good time for mind breaks as well. In a hectic world, it can be a challenge to put everything on pause, break from the mindset

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Help Kids Create Personal Building Blocks for Success – A Short Shot

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Dr. Seuss, beloved as a children’s author in countries around the world, wrote about “the places you’ll go.”  If you are literally or figuratively “traveling” with children this summer

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Tap Into New Rejuvenation Tricks for Teachers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! “School’s OUT…finally!” In many classrooms across our global community, you can hear this sentiment expressed by students and teachers alike, if not on this exact day, then in the form of

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Set Up a KITES Club for Kids – Not What You Think!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Sunny breezy days and kites are made for each other, like kids and the sense of freedom that vacations bring. Most kids love to fly colorful kites with streaming

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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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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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