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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Round Up a Read Aloud Rodeo!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a Short Shot – a one and done idea to improve your students/campers ability to stay focused for longer than the time it takes to say “Short Shot!”

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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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Write ‘Em Up! Get Everyone on the Autograph Rhyme Time Team

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The month of May signals the nearing end of another school term in K – 5 classrooms around the world. Ends of school terms can bring a whirl of

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Help Kids Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an attention-grabbing way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year… Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems! Valentine Cupcakes Bakin’ Up – Ask your class this: “Who wants a cupcake?” When

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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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New Year Idea: Let Struggling Students Star on a Classroom Center Stage

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’re looking for a new way to catch and keep kids’ attention AND help struggling students shine like stars in the new year, set up Center Stage in

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Guess What’s Missing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids love guessing games. Play a quick guessing game in your class by popping up a picture of a face with no smile. Before you ask students to guess

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Attention on Helping Children Cope in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When you greet students in school on mornings after terrible news stories reach across the globe and bring sadness to so many hearts… …you have a big opportunity to help children cope

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Build Team Spirit with Class Poems – All In!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Looking for a quick way to boost students’ morale at the start of a school day? Try engaging your class in activities that build team spirit, like composing short

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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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