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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Use Crazy Names to Catch Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! What’s in a name? When they’re crazy, names have the power to wow children. Call days of the week by crazy names at the start of class or camp

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School Breaks – a Time to Rejuvenate – Here’s How

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most teachers love their work; we have a passion for helping children learn, but the job is exhausting. Kids think that vacation time is for them…ha! Teachers know better!

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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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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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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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Snap & Clap To Tune Kids In – The Attentionology Tipster

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!  The Attentionology Tipster today tunes into rhythmic ways to communicate important information to students. Snapping to Catch Attention – Students in grades K – 5 don’t expect a teacher to “break into”

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Teachers on Call to Serve as Role Models in Character Education

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I don’t usually write about politics, but I’m making an exception again this week… because the face of politics (in America) today seems to be missing the tenets of character education,

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Spark Interest in Writing with EmojiWrite and SnapWrite

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If some kids in your class yawn when you announce that it’s time for creative writing… spark their interest in writing with my new games…EmojiWrite and SnapWrite! That’s right.

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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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