Help Kids Make Steps to Take Steps

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of K – 5 Teachers! A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a website full of photographs of “the most beautiful steps around the world.” The photos feature fine work by

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Invite Kids to Create Cups of Promise, Care & Kindness

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Celebrate a New Year – During the past holiday season, an international coffee cafe gave me an idea that offers an opportunity to celebrate a new year with students in a

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Tribute Time in a World of Learning

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Tribute Time! – Today (in the US) is a celebration of the eighty-eighth birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose message reached across America and far beyond

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Create Ways to Handle Holiday Overload and De-stress!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers and students can benefit from creative ways to handle holiday overload and de-stress during the holiday season… Begin with this helpful practice… Sometimes Blank Space Is Best –

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Teach with a Child-Pleasing International Language – Music!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Holiday seasons especially are filled with music, but throughout the year, songs add joy to learning in every culture and country around the world. Like smiles, music is an international language.

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Make the Most of Word Mash!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Mix ’em up. Mash ’em up. Match ’em up…WORDS! Make the most of Word Mash to catch and keep K – 5 kids’ attention… and to make important messages

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Become a Dream Catcher!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Native American dreamcatchers are delightful circular weavings with feathers and beads dangling down. Many dreamcatchers are woven with a single bead at the center of the web. Others simply

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Guess What’s Missing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids love guessing games. Play a quick guessing game in your class by popping up a picture of a face with no smile. Before you ask students to guess

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Up and Away…Bright Ideas for Door Decor and More!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers are always looking for attention-grabbing door decor, especially as they prepare for the start of a new school year. Here’s one to try in 2016-17… Up and Away…A

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Attention-Catching Activities to Team Build in a New School Term

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A great way to gear up at the start of a new school year or term is to plan catchy and fun activities to help students get acquainted with

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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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