International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Turkey

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Globe-trotting doesn’t require an airplane ticket, not if you check your local convention options and find an International Festival to visit like I did this past weekend. Most festival-goers

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Re-focus Attention with Loneliness Busters!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! When you welcome students back at the beginning of a new school year, after a vacation, or following an extended time away from class due to any reason, including

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Bring a Dog to School!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! The start time of every new school year varies from community to community, but effective welcome-back attention-getting tools and tricks work pretty much year-round. In fact, as the school

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Pop Out a Pop-Up Book!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Check out my blog pic below and see if you agree with other teachers who have “ooohed and aaahed” at this pop-up peacock book that it was a bargain

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Grab Attention with a Smart Box

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! July is almost a wrap; the month Americans call “the dog days of August” is at hand, and many adults are searching for ways to keep the attention of

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Teach with Puppets – Crafty Crowd-Pleasers!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Look at the little bear learning to read and speak Spanish in my blog pic here and see if you agree with me that a puppet can be a

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Betcha! – An Attention-Getting Trick

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If the end of June means the beginning of a long summer break from school for you, let’s face it, FREEDOM is the glory word, fleeting though it may

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Learning is a Picnic with Make a Plate Picnic Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Summer has arrived, at least unofficially, in communities throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Families in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere mark the start of the summer season at the end

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Get Your Class to Go Ape Over Homework!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! When I assign homework as a visiting teacher I advise each class that my requests are as valid as the assignments given by their “regular” teacher. After I show and explain the homework

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Smiles and Frowns Catch Attention

A smile is a frown turned upside down Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Is it just me or have there been a frightening number of major natural disasters in a relatively short period of

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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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