Let Your Students Shoot Some Hoops

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! What does today mean to you? In the US, today is a holiday with mixed emotions. Somber memorial services recognize the sacrifices of war; cookouts and pool openings celebrate

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The Art of Marshaling Students’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! The blog I posted last week (04/16/12) featured guest doctors and scientists visiting classrooms in white lab coats to focus students’ attention on S.T.E.M. subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – United Kingdom

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! “Come as you are; leave as a star!” When I recently read that invitation to a workout at my gym I immediately pictured a similarly worded poster outside an

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Wow Students with Simulated Sounds of Nature!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I wasn’t sure if my class would “buy in” to simulating the awesome sound of waves rising in the ocean and crashing on the beach – a quick activity

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Bouncing Balls

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’ve been following the World Cup Games in South Africa recently you know the passion that people around the world have for a simple round ball. Spheres made

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Try the Flip Trick

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I successfully tested an effective attention-getting trick at a family workshop I recently led on a sunny spring Saturday at the State Museum of Art. The workshop theme was “Inside and Out,”

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Give yourself a hand!

Hi; hope you’ve had a good week and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers!  I’ve been busy announcing my new blog to other teachers and parents and making plans for ways to enhance it.  I’ve also been doing

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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."

Related Posts: Let "Listen Star" Work Magic for You