Plan a Bunny Bonanza Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Bunnies aren’t just for certain holiday celebrations; these furry creatures are a symbol of springtime! Sweet little animals, like bunnies, attract kids’ attention any time of the year. Plan

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Share Irish Fun to Catch Kids’ Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In March, it’s time to grab a shamrock and get ready to share the luck and laughter o’ the Irish to help kids learn. No need to BE Irish

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Let’s Encourage Kindness!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s no better time than now to focus attention on the importance of kindness in our world today. Teachers have the opportunity to involve students in character building activities that demonstrate

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Use Creative Road Signs to Pave the Way to Smart Vacations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In summertime (Northern Hemisphere) or winter (Southern Hemisphere), vacation time is… a time when many children go “on the road” with family or friends to destinations near and far.

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Pop Goes the Book!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! There’s an old song in the English language that ends with the lyrics…“Pop goes the weasel!” The origin of this little nursery rhyme has a connection to “jack-in-the-box toys”

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Create an Air of Excitement in Class! – The Attentionology Tipster

Mid-Week Focus this week features more quick tips from The Attentionology Tipster… Create an Air of Excitement in Class! – Teaching day after day can “take the wind out of a teacher’s sail.” How can we sustain the energy to

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Puppetry – A FAB A-GE and Tool for Teaching!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature another of the FAB 15 A-GEs – attention-getting elements that teachers can get their hands on to motivate and instruct students… …A-GE #14 – Puppetry & Personification The curtain will

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Mind Wandering Enhances Learning

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to uncover how mind wandering enhances learning at the end of a school term. End-of-year or end-of-term activities can add to attention problems for students, especially kids who act as if they’ve

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Go from So-So to Super!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of K – 5 Teachers! Parents need sitters; teachers need subs (substitute teachers)…on call to care for their children or students when circumstances require time away from home or school. Meet Kim Hopkins, shown

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! I spent some time yesterday with a powerful attention catcher – keeper… A PUPPET. I pulled a puppet, Little Bear, from a (pretend) nap inside a golden gift bag at a Poetry Party I brought to 100 first grade

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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 acting sluggish in class.

Solution: Show "The BIG E," for ENERGY, an enlarged letter E (or other first letter for the word energy in your alphabet), available in craft stores. Remind the class that energy is a must-have item to get good work done. Tell the class to show you "The BIG E!"

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