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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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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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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New Year Idea: Let Struggling Students Star on a Classroom Center Stage

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’re looking for a new way to catch and keep kids’ attention AND help struggling students shine like stars in the new year, set up Center Stage in

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Become a Dream Catcher!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Native American dreamcatchers are delightful circular weavings with feathers and beads dangling down. Many dreamcatchers are woven with a single bead at the center of the web. Others simply

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Guess What’s Missing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids love guessing games. Play a quick guessing game in your class by popping up a picture of a face with no smile. Before you ask students to guess

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Teach Focus Skills – Help Kids Become “Minute Masters”

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Help Kids Be Minute Masters – Early in a new school term is a great time to focus on teaching focus skills. Tap into some time management tips to

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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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Oh no…Character Education is Missing Here!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I don’t usually write…make that haven’t ever written about politics, but I’m making an exception this week… because the face of politics (in America) today seems to be missing the

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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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