Crazy Color-Coded Games Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When students seem sleepy or more distracted than usual, catch their attention with crazy color-coded games. Hot Wheels Color Game – Background: Art teachers and other educators often help children

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Three Cheers for Healthy Living!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most communities around the world draw cheering crowds to local sporting events. Elementary school students may or may not play in youth leagues, but most kids enjoy cheering for a

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Make Your Classroom Inviting Like a Guest Room

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Like most educators, I’m always on the lookout for ideas that I can use or adapt for school. A set of adaptable home decor tips caught my attention recently…

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Contract to Worry Less this School Term!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Start with a Question – Worry got ya down? This Q relates to many children. Ask your class at the start of a school day if worry has a hold

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Start the 2018-19 School Year with Learning Bank Bulletin Boards!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Get ready to head into a new school term with new eye-catching bulletin board designs, ones that entertain and educate. As the 2018-19 school year takes shape, the “bank

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Host a Focus Forum to Grow Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Not a day goes by without some news somewhere in the world that relates to the negative impact of distractions. Conversations come and go about the best way to

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Set Up SkillPop Stations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Center kids’ attention with SkillPop Stations. The name – SkillPop Stations – may sound familiar. SkillPop classes are trending in many cities, covering subjects from apple pie prep to zookeeping. The very

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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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Use Crazy Names to Catch Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! What’s in a name? When they’re crazy, names have the power to wow children. Call days of the week by crazy names at the start of class or camp

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School Breaks – a Time to Rejuvenate – Here’s How

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most teachers love their work; we have a passion for helping children learn, but the job is exhausting. Kids think that vacation time is for them…ha! Teachers know better!

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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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