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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Share Irish Fun to Catch Kids’ Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Now that the calendar has turned to March, it’s time to grab a shamrock and get ready to share the luck and laughter o’ the Irish to help kids

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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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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Motivating Kids

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. Let’s blend fun with function,

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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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