Cool Campground Trio: Storytelling Planes, Cars, Baseball Games

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Climb Aboard a Storytelling Plane – I found an old story about a dad’s experience camping in summertime years ago with his family. His father loved to tell stories around a campfire,

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Help Kids Become Attentioneers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Whether you are on summer break, working a summer job, or at the beginning of a new semester in school, imagine yourself as an engineer in your teaching position…

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Center Kids’ Attention with Vacation Stations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Weekdays just ahead of the end of a school term can seem like they last forever, especially for K – 5 teachers and students who are counting the hours until vacation.

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What’s the BIG Buzz About?

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Sometimes big is better… so suggests Matthew Willey, an American artist who paints honeybees bigger than bricks on a school wall. What’s the BIG Buzz About? – Willey explains

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Time to Get Organized!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Time to Get Organized! – Whether you are preparing to pack up at the end of a school term, or already looking ahead to setting up for a new school year,

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Share a New Link with Students: Attention = Control

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Try this new link in your thinking and share it with students… Concept behind the link: the ability to pay attention is a must-have skill to gain control in

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Grow Creative Minds with a Garden of Learning

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This time of year poses an ideal time to take learning outdoors. Grow creative minds with a garden of learning by directing your students’ attention to a garden near your

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Decorate Trees in Any Season to Catch Kids’ Attention and Help Them Learn!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Arbor Day, 2018, at least in the US, was celebrated at the end of last month, on Friday, April 27. For teachers who want to help students become good stewards

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Coach K Weighs in on Winning Character Traits and Teaching

In the US, the National Basketball Association’s Championship Series runs hot each year. By now, the season’s college basketball is in the history books, but some memories linger… Mention the nickname Coach K, to anyone who is familiar at all with the

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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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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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