Create an Air of Excitement in Class! – The Attentionology Tipster

Mid-Week Focus this week features more quick tips from The Attentionology Tipster… Create an Air of Excitement in Class! – Teaching day after day can “take the wind out of a teacher’s sail.” How can we sustain the energy to

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Lead a Pet Parade in Class! – The Attentionology Tipster

Mid-Week Focus this week features another quick tip from The Attentionology Tipster… Lead a Pet Parade in Class! Delight young children with the opportunity to parade around the classroom showing off a photo of their pet or favorite animal. Parades

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More Bags Beg for Attention!

Mid-Week Focus this week features more creative ways that teachers can use bags as BIG attention-getting tools. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags beg for attention. Bags, plain and fancy, can become focal points for learning activities. Use bags as

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What’s Trending? Mindfulness in Elementary Schools to Help Kids Sustain Concentration

Mid-Week Focus this week features mindfulness, a trending tool to help children sustain concentration in school. Benefits of mindfulness? Huge. Reports are that students who learn to practice mindfulness gain the ability to pay closer attention, calm themselves, and stay focused

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Puppets Make Perfect Teacher Assistants!

Mid-Week Focus this week takes Attentionology readers to the wonderful world of puppets. Puppets make perfect teacher assistants! Here’ s the most important tip that teachers need to know about using puppets as teaching assistants… …It’s easy to do! Small

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Quick Conversation Starters About Good Manners

Mid-Week Focus this week is a sweet approach to teaching kids to have a heart for good manners! Today’s Attentionology tool and trick is short and sweet, just like the satisfaction of eating a candy conversation heart. If you have

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Catch Kids’ Attention Creating a Mini-Olympic Village in Class

Mid-Week Focus this week features the winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia as an opportunity for learning. Surprise students with an announcement that between now and the close of this year’s winter Olympic Games in Sochi on February 23, your

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Schedule Photo Circle Day – Attention on Sharing and Storytelling

Mid-Week Focus this week features the power of pictures to prompt sharing and storytelling! Here’s an idea for late January – schedule a day for your class to enjoy Photo Circle Day. Ask students ahead of Photo Circle Day to bring in

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Hook Kids Individually with Pics!

Mid-Week Focus this week features pictures, pictures and more pictures…pictures as teaching tools, …different pictures for different students, …inexpensive or free pictures that you find anywhere, …copies of new pictures from your own collection or other print media, like magazines

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Delicious Hooks into Lessons

Mid-Week Focus this week features FOOD as a hook into K – 5 lessons. Hungry for more tools and tricks to catch and keep K – 5 students’ attention as you lead the class into learning time? Here’s a menu

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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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