Start School Days with Quick Brain Boosting Games!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids (and teachers) sometimes arrive in class with “foggy brains.” Not enough sleep the night before perhaps, or a low or no protein breakfast are the culprits, or…you name

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Bags Beg for Attention and Re-Use!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Bags are more than totes in the hands of a gifted teacher. Bags are BIG attention-getting tools. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags prompt curiosity in children. “What’s in the

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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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Make Magic in Class with Secret Homes for Special Poems

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In some parts of the world today, people are wishing for a magic wand to make miserable weather disappear. “Poof! Be gone, wicked weather,” we’d say if we had magical

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For the Love of Simple…Simple Tricks Start a Super School Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Simple can be beautiful, don’t you think. Q for all of us…Is simple out-of-place in our hyper-connected, information-overloaded world today? Not in a teacher’s world, no, I don’t think

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Encourage Kids to Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you would raise your hand to be among the numbers of people worldwide who are stunned by the need for a return to civility…consider this sobering fact… Despite

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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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Work with Wow Moments in Teaching

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Wherever you live in the world, nature…awesome nature, presents seasonal sounds that can help teachers work with wow moments in teaching. This time of year in the northern hemisphere,

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Decorate an Attentionology Tree!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… …Countdown to the holidays by decorating an Attentionology Tree. Make this a

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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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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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