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 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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Digging Out What’s Old to Find Something New and Timely for Teachers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Have you ever gone digging? Have your students done the same? Not digging outdoors in the dirt…although that’s fun to do; digging can be instructive for science and other

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Attention on Safety!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! At the start of a new school year or term, it’s smart to encourage children to pay attention to safety… …on the way to and from school …in school

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Make Sunshine Indoors!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When the weather outside is abominable… …Make Sunshine Indoors! Kids love the concept. They know that teachers can’t actually bring sunshine indoors. No problem. Your actions and intent show

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Take a TEACHER’S Time-Out to Refresh!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Are your days getting more hectic by the minute? Take a TEACHER’S Time-Out to Refresh! In the English language anyway, “refresh” is a word that sounds like what it

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Attract Kids’ Attention with Amazing Acronyms

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When is a word more than a word? Answer: When it becomes a powerful teaching tool as an ACRONYM. Teachers put word power to work every day, instructing, reading

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Reaching and Teaching Kids with Autism

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – Teachers! If you have ever worked with children on the autism spectrum, you know that it can be difficult to reach and teach these special students. According to Barry M. Prizant,

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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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Puzzling Activities Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Whoops! – Accidents (or pretend accidents) are instant attention-grabbers with kids. Start a school day by walking to the front of the classroom with a set of puzzle pieces

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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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