Buddies? YES! Bullies? NO!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This week let’s shine a light on a problem that doesn’t seem to go away…bullying in school. Despite a wide range of efforts by administrators and teachers, parents in

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Make Sunshine Indoors!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When the weather outside is abominable… …Make Sunshine Indoors! Kids love the concept. They know that teachers can’t actually bring sunshine indoors. No problem. Your actions and intent show

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Big Shot Opportunity Bags for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Let’s face it…some kids view school as a must-do chore and some see it as a place of opportunity, an engaging center of learning and fun. Whether or not a

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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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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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