Attention on Helping Children Cope in Troubled Times

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When you greet students in school on mornings after terrible news stories reach across the globe and bring sadness to so many hearts… …you have a big opportunity to help children cope

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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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Teach with Poems Set to Music = Songs!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Pull Kids in with Poetry is the title of a popular post that I’ve published. Now, here in the fall heading into the holidays, poems come to mind again

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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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Catchy Halloween-Time Measurements of Success

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Halloween is still more than four weeks away, but kids who celebrate the spooky season already have visions of Halloween candy in their heads. Tempt their taste for treats by

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Crazy Color-Coded Games Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When students seem sleepy or more distracted than usual, catch their attention with crazy color-coded games. Hot Wheels Color Game – Background: Art teachers and other educators often help children

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Three Cheers for Healthy Living!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most communities around the world draw cheering crowds to local sporting events. Elementary school students may or may not play in youth leagues, but most kids enjoy cheering for a

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Contract to Worry Less this School Term!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Start with a Question – Worry got ya down? This Q relates to many children. Ask your class at the start of a school day if worry has a hold

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Start the 2018-19 School Year with Learning Bank Bulletin Boards!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Get ready to head into a new school term with new eye-catching bulletin board designs, ones that entertain and educate. As the 2018-19 school year takes shape, the “bank

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Host a Focus Forum to Grow Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Not a day goes by without some news somewhere in the world that relates to the negative impact of distractions. Conversations come and go about the best way to

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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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