International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – New York

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Catching and keeping kids’ attention through music was never just a job for New York (US) native, Don Haudenschild, shown in my blog pic below. Teaching music was his

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Musical Tricks to Help Kids Learn!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Ever find yourself tapping a nearby object to the beat of music around you the way I found myself tapping the steering wheel yesterday to the beat of a

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Preventing Bullying

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for…Mid-Week Focus! Mid-Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Please send yours in a comment.

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International Festival of Attention-Getters – Alaska, US

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Wish I’d had to travel to Alaska to meet Jennifer Lynch (I’ve been wanting to experience Alaska for years!) but our paths crossed in the southeastern part of the

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Catch Attention with a Garden of Creativity

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a quick way to catch and keep your students’ attention…ask them a question that poses an artistic array of answers about posies! The question…When is a garden outside

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Tonal Attention Tool – A Tambourine

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I remember visiting a class of fourth grade students a few years ago and noting how well the teacher commanded her class’ attention with her guitar. We had about five

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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."

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