Grow Creative Minds with a Garden of Learning

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This time of year poses an ideal time to take learning outdoors. Grow creative minds with a garden of learning by directing your students’ attention to a garden near your

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Decorate Trees in Any Season to Catch Kids’ Attention and Help Them Learn!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Arbor Day, 2018, at least in the US, was celebrated at the end of last month, on Friday, April 27. For teachers who want to help students become good stewards

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Coach K Weighs in on Winning Character Traits and Teaching

In the US, the National Basketball Association’s Championship Series runs hot each year. By now, the season’s college basketball is in the history books, but some memories linger… Mention the nickname Coach K, to anyone who is familiar at all with the

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Pop Goes the Book!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s an old song in the English language that ends with the lyrics…“Pop goes the weasel!” The origin of this little nursery rhyme has a connection to “jack-in-the-box toys”

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Snap & Clap To Tune Kids In – The Attentionology Tipster

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!  The Attentionology Tipster today tunes into rhythmic ways to communicate important information to students. Snapping to Catch Attention – Students in grades K – 5 don’t expect a teacher to “break into”

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Plan a Bunny Bonanza Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Bunnies aren’t just for certain holiday celebrations; these furry creatures are a symbol of springtime! Sweet little animals, like bunnies, attract kids’ attention any time of the year. Plan

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In sunshine or rain, creative teachers find engaging ways to celebrate Earth Day outdoors or inside. April 22 is designated as Earth Day in the United States and over 190

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A Winning Theme: Grow a Love of Learning in a Garden of Learning!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Winning themes in K – 5 classrooms help teachers grow a love of learning in children… a love that will hopefully bloom year after year. One of the best

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Attentionology Celebrates Its Eighth Anniversary Helping Teachers Meet Tough Challenges

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Attentionology is celebrating our eighth anniversary this month helping teachers meet tough challenges that increase each year. Since I began publishing Attentionology in March, 2010, the numbers continue to skyrocket. What numbers?

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Share Irish Fun to Catch Kids’ Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In March, it’s time to grab a shamrock and get ready to share the luck and laughter o’ the Irish to help kids learn. No need to BE Irish

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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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