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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Prompt a LOVE of Writing with Valentine Word Play!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! It’s the season of love (as if love is ever out of season!) for all who celebrate Valentine’s Day. Prompt a LOVE of writing with Valentine Word Play. Three

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Teachers on Call to Serve as Role Models in Character Education

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

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Which Witch is Which and Other Bewitching Halloween-Time Teaching Tricks

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Play bewitching Halloween-time teaching tricks with your class to help students master basic skills. Which Witch is Which? – Children in the early grades love games that compare and match

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Help Kids Become “Minute Masters”

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Try this Short Shot – a one and done idea to improve your students ability to stay focused for longer than the time it takes to say “Short Shot!”

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Tap Into New Rejuvenation Tricks for Teachers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! “School’s OUT…finally!” In many classrooms across our global community, you can hear this sentiment expressed by students and teachers alike, if not on this exact day, then in the form of

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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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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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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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