Make Magic in Class with Secret Homes for Special Poems

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In some parts of the world today, people are wishing for a magic wand to make miserable weather disappear. “Poof! Be gone, wicked weather,” we’d say if we had magical

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Greet Students with Eye Catching Bulletin Boards and Door Decor

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Colorful eye-catching bulletin boards that greet students outside and inside a classroom are a tradition in elementary schools around the world. ROAD MAP TO RESPONSIBILITY Bulletin Boards and colorful Door

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Set Up Attention-Getting Boxes – A Bright Idea!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! An attention-getting idea popped into my mind the other day when I stopped for coffee at a neighborhood restaurant. In one corner stood an attractive bookshelf loaded with paperbacks

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Help Kids Become Attentioneers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Whether you are on summer break, working a summer job, or at the beginning of a new semester in school, imagine yourself as an engineer in your teaching position…

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Make a Connection – Growing Minds – Expandable Attire

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Catch kids’ attention this year with a new take on the importance of growing their minds… Make a connection between growing minds and expandable attire. Host a Shoe Show

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Power Up a School Day in Windy Ways

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a new windy way to power up a school day… Windchime Music Powers Up a School Day – Surprise students and command instant attention by powering a windchime

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Anniversary Post – Help Kids Become Learning Engineers!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This month marks the fifth anniversary of Attentionology. Five years and counting… I am still inspired by you, my readers, by students, colleagues, world news and trends; it’s a

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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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