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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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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Journeying to Discover New and Wonderful Teaching Resources

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you agree with me that like life itself, teaching is a journey, not a destination? One of the joys of an educator’s journey is the discovery along the

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Blast Off with Space Adventures in Writing!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Astronaut Ice Cream Anyone? – Any time of year, but especially when the temperature outside soars, ice cream is a “cold stone-proven” way to catch kids’ attention. Earthlings have only

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Help Heal Hurting Children

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When you welcome students back to school after a long holiday weekend or vacation time… …you have a big opportunity to help heal hurting children! Let’s face it…the world can be

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Help Kids Discover What’s Great About Themselves

  Janet Bauer has every reason to celebrate. Her new book, What’s Great About You! For All Children in the World, was recently published. Janet is Program Manager of I’m a Great Child Worldwide. In a recent interview on TV, Janet described the purpose

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Turn Students Into “Progressive Story Chefs”

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a new recipe to help students in grades 3 – 5 master core skills. It’s an attention-getting recipe for writing time. Set Up Progressive Writing Stations – Challenge kids

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Good Character Counts!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Martin Luther King, Jr. is being celebrated in the US today, but his vision of “judging people by the content of their character” reaches far beyond America’s shores. Character Education

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Cheer Up Anxious Children

Mid-Week Focus this week features quick and easy ways to cheer up anxious children. Is it just me or have there been a frightening number of major natural disasters in a relatively short period of time around the world? If

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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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