Spice Up Word Play to Attract Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Word Play is a great way to catch and keep kids’ attention. Where? Anywhere…school, camp, vacation destinations, during holiday travel time…anywhere! Voiced Word Play  works best for young children. Rhythmic

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Powerful Words for Powerful Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Every school year has its own ebb and flow, you know? During some school days its seems as if a term will never end. Then, we’re shaking our heads at

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Use the Magic of Mini Mind Wandering Time

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! As the end of the school year or term draws nears, you may have students who act as if they’ve mentally left for vacation already! Here’s an attentionology trick

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Helping Kids in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Helping Kids in Troubled Times – More worrisome world news can make even the brightest of us feel troubled. When you sense that a number of students feel anxious

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Attention-Getting Teaching Tools are in the Bag!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Attention-getting teaching tools are in the bag… literally. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags of all kinds beg for attention. Bags, plain and fancy, can become focal points for learning

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In sunshine or rain, creative teachers find engaging ways to celebrate Earth Day outdoors or inside. April 22 is designated as Earth Day in the United States and over 190

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What’s Trending at Anniversary Time

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! From a teacher’s perspective, “some things never change…” “things” like developing and following a curriculum to help children master grade level skills as they maturate through school. That said,

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Help Kids Become Better Listeners!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In a world that is dominated by Social Media, it is becoming clear that helping kids become better listeners is more challenging, and more important than ever before. Why?

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March Attention-Getter: A Lucky Leprechaun Loves to Write! Bulletin Board

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Good news in the month of March…you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, coming this week! Teachers in many communities outside of Ireland turn the best known

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Share Irish Fun to Catch Kids’ Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Now that the calendar has turned to March, it’s time to grab a shamrock and get ready to share the luck and laughter o’ the Irish to help kids

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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 are having trouble writing connecting sentences between the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Solution: Show toy airplanes, pretending to make them "take off" across notebook paper. Explain to the class that stories, like airplanes, require clear "flight paths."

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