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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Powerful Words for Powerful Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Every school year has its own ebb and flow, you know? During some school days its seems as if a term will never end. Then, we’re shaking our heads at

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Use the Magic of Mini Mind Wandering Time

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! As the end of the school year or term draws nears, you may have students who act as if they’ve mentally left for vacation already! Here’s an attentionology trick

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Write ‘Em Up! Get Everyone on the Autograph Rhyme Time Team

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The month of May signals the nearing end of another school term in K – 5 classrooms around the world. Ends of school terms can bring a whirl of

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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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Attention-Getting Teaching Tools are in the Bag!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Attention-getting teaching tools are in the bag… literally. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags of all kinds beg for attention. Bags, plain and fancy, can become focal points for learning

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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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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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Help Kids Become Better Listeners!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In a world that is dominated by Social Media, it is becoming clear that helping kids become better listeners is more challenging, and more important than ever before. Why?

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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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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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