Monthly Archives: July 2010

Students Self-Assess Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I remember loving elementary school from the very first day that Ms. Bloom opened the Kindergarten doors of Forest Avenue School and invited us in to a big, bright

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Focus on Character Education

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I recently came across an old copy of The Grade Teacher, a publication of the Educational Publishing Corporation, Darien, Connecticut, US, at an antique show I attended. The dog-eared

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I Spy a Good Listener!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! You may have heard the old Chinese proverb that roughly translates in English to, “We hear and we forget; we see and we remember; we do and we understand.” I’m

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Travel Your Imagination

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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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